Putin’s advances in Ukraine a threat to all of Europe

President Biden and the Western alliance are right to begin enacting sanctions for Putin's demagogic moves

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February 22, 2022 - 10:41 AM

A young Ukrainian soldier walks along a trench on the front line with Russia-backed separatists near the settlement of Troitske in the Lugansk region on Feb. 22, 2022, a day after Russia recognized east Ukraine's separatist republics and ordered the Russian army to send troops there as "peacekeepers." (Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Russia’s Vladimir Putin justified usurpation of two more Ukrainian territories on Monday as a reunification of what he says has historically been “one people,” one country.

Shortly after, he ordered Russian troops into the regions for what many fear could signal a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Putin said he would “recognize the independence,” of the southern territories of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, which include strongholds of Russian-backed separatists.

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