Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian army on Monday evening to “maintain peace” in the separatist, pro-Russian lands of Ukraine, whose independence he has recognized, before signing mutual assistance agreements providing for a permanent presence of Russian troops.
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Two decrees issued by the Russian president and the Ministry of Defense demand that the Russian armed forces “take over the tasks of maintaining peace on the territories” of the “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk.
Neither the timeline nor the extent of the spread was announced in these documents, which each take up one page and were posted on the website of the Russian Database of Legal Texts.
For weeks, Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the borders of Ukraine, which the West says is ready to invade its neighbour.
The recognition of the independence of the two regions opened the way for a Russian military deployment at their request.
Putin also signed mutual assistance agreements with these two separatist entities that, with Russia’s support, have been fighting the Ukrainian armed forces for eight years.
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According to the texts published on the website of the lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma, these texts stipulate that the parties will ensure their defense, share military bases and jointly protect their borders.
The agreements, which last 10 years, create the “legal basis for the presence” in these territories of “the Russian military units necessary to maintain peace in the region and to ensure the permanent security of the parties,” according to an accompanying explanatory note. texts.
These documents “establish the obligations of the parties to ensure mutual assistance if one of the parties is the object of attack” and “provide joint protection” of the border.
These pacts of friendship and mutual assistance must pass Tuesday before the Russian parliament.
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