EU Chief on Russian moves after recognizing the independence of a contested area of Ukraine

February 22, 2022
EU Chief on Russian moves after recognizing the independence of a contested area of Ukraine

I wouldn’t say that (it is) a fully fledged invasion, but Russian troops are on Ukrainian soil.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Russia’s latest moves after it recognized the independence of contested areas in Ukraine.
  • Borrell said: “Russian troops have entered in Donbas. We consider Donbas part of Ukraine.”
  • The distinction between troop presence and "invasion" differs depending on point of view – with some referring to Russia's actions as an invasion. This matters, since Europe/U.S. have threatened sanctions as a response specifically to an invasion.
  • Reports and discussions continue over Russia's precise actions, and whether its moves are significantly different than they have been over the past 8 years.
  • Why It Matters: Questions remain about whether Russia will try to grab more territory outside what are considered "separatist-controlled" areas.

    "Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia has recognized the rebel regions’ independence 'in borders that existed when they proclaimed' their independence in 2014 — broad territories that extend far beyond the areas now under the rebel control and that include the major Black Sea port of Mariupol." (AP)

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