LUGANSK, LUGANSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC - FEBRUARY 22, 2022: Lugansk residents celebrate recognition of independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics by Russia. Russian President Putin signed decrees recognizing independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics on February 21, 2022. Alexander Reka/TASS.
Putin’s move on Donetsk, Lugansk is illegal but falls short of new ‘invasion’

The next steps are critical: we must hold threat of full scale sanctions and a Ukrainian military response, unless Russia extends farther.

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