Amid international anticipation, Putin addresses the “Russian nation”

The government station did not give a specific date, but said it will be soon.

Putin said earlier that Russia would decide whether to recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine later on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is studying the request to recognize the independence of the separatists in eastern Ukraine, noting that Russia faces a “big” threat as a result of the Ukrainian crisis.

Putin added, during a live meeting with the Russian National Security Council in the capital, Moscow, that the issue of the independence of the “Donetsk” and “Lugansk” regions is linked to international issues related to Ukraine.

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