Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of France and Germany he plans to sign a decree recognising the two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent entities, the Kremlin says.

The French and German leaders voiced disappointment after hearing the decision, the Kremlin said in a readout of the phone calls.

The West has repeatedly warned Russia not to recognise the separatists – a move that effectively buries a fragile peace process in the region.

Meanwhile, Russian military said it has prevented a “diversionary reconnaissance” group from breaching the border from Ukraine.


troops were killed in the incident, the Russian defence ministry said on Monday, which allegedly took place in Russia’s southwestern Rostov region at about 03:00 GMT.

Kyiv dismissed the allegation as “fake news”.

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Source Al Jazeera

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