Russia recognizes independence of Ukrainian separatist regions

MOSCOW (AP) — The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Monday night after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and ordered Russian troops to “maintain the peace” there.

Russia, which currently holds the rotating council presidency, has scheduled the meeting for 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Ukrainian U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said in a letter to his Russian counterpart that Kyiv is requesting the urgent meeting because Putin’s actions violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the U.N. Charter and a 2014 U.N. General Assembly resolution.

The Kremlin’s recognition of the separatist regions has raised fears that an invasion may be imminent, if not already underway.

But it is not immediately clear when, or whether, Russian troops would enter Ukraine.

The United States and the European Union responded to the announcement by saying they would impose sanctions.

It is virtually certain that the Security Council will not take any action or issue any statement because Russia has veto power.

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