RUSSIA INVADES: Putin Orders ‘Peacekeeping Forces’ Into Two Pro-Russian Regions in Eastern Ukraine After Biden Said He Would Hit Them With Sanctions and Called Russian Leader’s Move a ‘Blatant Violation of International Law’; Russian Separatists Celebrate Like It Is the Fourth of July

Vladimir Putin ordered a ‘peacekeeping mission’ in Ukraine’s eastern breakaways of Donetsk and Luhansk after Joe Biden hit the two regions with sanctions following Russia declaring them ‘independent republics’.

Putin’s decrees declaring DPR and LPR as sovereign states also included so-called ‘peacekeeping’ missions – the first real step toward a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Biden immediately issued on Monday economic sanctions on the two regions, which was met with criticism that the punishment did not extend directly to Russia or Putin.

Jim Scuitto, a CNN national security who served as chief of staff to the U.S. Ambassador to China under Obama, said of the sanctions: ‘Is this really it?’

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki assured in her Monday statement that there will be further measures taken in coordination with U.S. allies and partners if Russia further invades Ukraine.

‘We are continuing to closely consult with Allies and partners, including Ukraine, on next steps and on Russia’s ongoing escalation along the border with Ukraine,’ she wrote.

Biden almost immediately called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and convened a meeting of his National Security team after Vladimir Putin slammed the U.S. for ‘colonizing’ Ukraine and using it as a ‘puppet regime’ in remarks where he announced he would sign a decree recognizing two eastern regions of Ukraine as independent states.

The president also hopped on a secure call with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for approximately a half-an-hour shortly after Putin’s remarks.

Putin’s recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk rebel regions’ independence paves the way for the long-feared Russian invasion and effectively shatters the Minsk peace agreements. It also opens the door for Russia to sign treaties with the ‘states’ and openly send troops and weapons there to defend them against Ukrainian ‘threats’.

U.S. intelligence has warned for weeks that this would be the way Putin would go about trying to disguise his invasion of Ukraine.

Putin lamented in his address Monday that America is ‘pumping’ in weapons to Ukraine and said this poses a threat to Russia because he claims Kyiv is creating ‘weapons of mass destruction’.

‘We have anticipated a move like this from Russia and are ready to respond immediately,’ Psaki wrote in her Monday statement following Putin’s remarks.

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Source: Daily Mail