Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered forces to “maintain peace” in separatist regions of eastern Ukraine, hours after the Kremlin recognized the area’s independence.
The announcement raised fears that an invasion was imminent, if not already underway.
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In Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is holding a late-night meeting of his security council to discuss the fast-moving situation. The meeting is expected to continue into the early hours of Tuesday morning.