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Duma discusses project “independence of two Ukrainian regions”

The Speaker of the Chamber, Vladimir Volodin, said that the State Duma will raise the issue of sending the request to the President during the vote, and the State Duma will adopt the version of the resolution that will win the largest number of votes.

According to Interfax, the first draft resolution is a document drafted and submitted by deputies from the Communist and Liberal parties to the State Duma, and stipulates that the request will be sent to the Russian President as soon as it is likely approved by the House.

In the meantime, the second draft resolution, which was proposed by deputies from the ruling United Russia party, provides for sending requests for this to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and other departments, including the Presidency, to appeal to the president later to request recognition of the independence of the republics.

The United States said Russia could invade Ukraine at any time and could create a sudden pretext for an attack, and reiterated its pledge to defend “every inch” of NATO territory.

Russia has massed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine, but has repeatedly denied any intention to invade its neighbor and accused the West of behaving “hysteria”.

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