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Ukraine Crisis: Tensions Rise as Putin Recognises Pro-Russian Separatists’ Independence

Tensions in Ukrainian-Russian relations came to a head on Monday as Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to recognise the independence of two pro-Russian separatist groups on Ukraine’s eastern border. The announcement came during an hour-long televised address in which President Putin described Ukraine as a “colony of puppets” who are “preparing military action against our country”. The Russian premier …