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Ukraine-Russia tensions: Moscow orders troops into eastern Ukraine, US prepares sanctions ‘which Putin has never seen’

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Russian tanks during a training exercise in Leningrad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into two rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine, after recognizing them as independent states.

Russia said its troops would engage in “peacekeeping” in the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which pro-Moscow groups in the region declared unilaterally.

But the US says calling the peacekeepers “bullshit”, and that Russia is creating a pretext for war.

Both regions are strongholds of Russia-backed rebels, who have been battling Ukrainian forces since 2014.

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