The international community prepares this Tuesday to sanction Russia

The international community is preparing this Tuesday to announce sanctions against Russia after the decision of the president of that country, Vladimir Putin, to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, in Ukrainian territory, and to deploy the army to exercise "pacification functions".

According to the international community, Putin’s decision means burying the Minsk agreements for a peaceful settlement in the Donbas region, in addition to an attack against the territorial integrity of a state and a forced modification of the current borders in Europe.

These are the latest events, waiting for the reactions of the international community to continue this Tuesday:

Russia’s latest decision: Russian soldiers will be deployed in the territories of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, recognized on Monday by Moscow, to carry out pacification functions, according to two decrees signed by the president, Vladimir Putin.

According to these decrees, the Russian military "will guarantee the peace" in those territories until the signing of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Aid agreements between both entities and Moscow.

The decrees were signed after Putin made the decision on Monday to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk, once the Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament) sent him a resolution on February 15 to urge him to take that step. .

Russia’s representative to the UN Security Council, Vassily Nebenzia, said that his country "does not want a bloodbath in Donbas" (Eastern region of Ukraine) and assured that there "an unfounded panic at the invasion of Ukraine" in western countries.

Ukraine’s response: Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, accused Russia of violating his country’s territorial integrity by recognizing the independence of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Zelensky stressed that the Russian president’s decision means Russia’s unilateral renunciation of the Minsk Peace Agreements and the decisions taken with Germany and France in the Normandy format.

"Ukraine unequivocally describes Russia’s latest actions as a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its state"Zelensky said during a televised address.

He pointed out that with his decision "Russia legalizes its troops, who were in the occupied territories of Donbas since 2014"alluding to Moscow’s covert military support for the armed uprising in Donbas.

The situation on the ground: Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported on Monday more than 3,000 violations of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, where the line of contact between troops is located. government and pro-Russian separatist militias.

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These figures are much higher than the average number of incidents recorded in the last seven days. Since it began in 2014, the fighting in the area has caused more than 14,000 deaths.

The US reaction: US President Joe Biden on Monday signed an executive order banning new investment, trade and other economic transactions by US institutions and citizens in Donetsk and Lungansk.

But a senior US official said the Russian military has been supporting pro-Russian militias in eastern Ukraine since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea, and the US strategy is "observe" and "evaluate" the actions that Russia takes in the next few hours.

The reaction of the international community; Germany, France and the United States have agreed "not relenting in its commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine"as well as be used "with all his strength" to avoid a new escalation.

Putin’s decision means "a clear break" of the Minsk Agreements that "can’t go unanswered"German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in a statement.

New sanctions: The United States, the EU and the rest of the allies plan to impose new economic punishments against Russia on Tuesday.

The session held by the UN Security Council on Monday night ended without any agreement and without the block of allied countries of the United States announcing sanctions against Russia that they promised today from their respective capitals and that supposedly will materialize in the next few hours.

The European Union (EU) has already announced that it will react with "sanctions" against the "involved" in the decision "illegal" of Vladimir Putin, although at the moment they are not specified.

The announcement was made in a joint statement by the President of the European Council and the European Commission, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, respectively. The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, and several Community Foreign Ministers meet in Paris.

The British Government’s emergency cabinet (COBR) will meet this Tuesday morning to address the latest events in Ukraine and agree on a "significant package of sanctions" against Russia to be applied immediately.

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