Russian lawmakers plan to draft a resolution calling on President Vladimir Putin to recognize the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk republics in the Donbas, a separatist region of Ukraine with many ethnic Russians and an arena of violent coups since 2014.
The State Duma Council, Russia’s lower house of law, will prepare two draft resolutions to be considered this week, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.
The first project was submitted by deputies from the Communist Party. The second was proposed by deputies from the United Russia party, Interfax reports.
“Both documents will be presented for consideration at the plenary session of the Duma on Tuesday,” a source in the Russian government told the agency.
The recognition of the two separatist states – the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic – comes amid escalating tensions in Ukraine. Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops along its border due to Kyiv’s desire to integrate into Western Europe and has eventually become a member of NATO.
The United States warned of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine this week and advised the Americans to leave the country. Washington has sent thousands of troops to the region to support nervous NATO allies such as Poland and Romania.