With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine now beginning, the world is getting a good look at the way in which the Kremlin operates, and some of the signature Moscow maneuvers are on full display.
Primarily, we are set to witness the way in which Vladimir Putin operates just shy of what many would consider “war” – at least for the time being. He’s now entered Ukraine with the false deniability that these two regions are now “independent”, which is something that only exists on paper; specifically within the treaty that Putin arbitrarily signed declaring them so.
Then came the “peacekeeping” force that consisted of tanks, soldiers, and artillery.
And, as if we needed any more evidence that this wasn’t just some routine movement, Putin has now declared it Russia’s right to build military bases in the region.
Russia has acquired the right to build military bases in Ukraine’s two breakaway regions under treaties signed by President Vladimir Putin with their separatist leaders.Trending:
Putin on Monday officially recognised the two breakaway regions – the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic – as independent statelets, defying Western warnings that such a step would be illegal and kill peace negotiations.
Under the two identical friendship treaties, submitted by Putin for ratification by parliament, Russia has the right to build bases in the separatist regions and they, on paper, can do the same in Russia.
These newly-stolen Ukrainian regions will also begin to merge economies with the greater Russian nation, further obliterating any claims that this is simply the “will of the people”.