The Federation Council received an appeal from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the use of Armed forces outside the country, Chairman of the upper house of Parliament Valentina Matvienko said.

In recent days, the situation in Donbas has worsened — Kyiv has concentrated most of the army on the contact line and regularly fires at the militia, including with the use of prohibited equipment. Due to the threat of the invasion of Ukraine in the self-proclaimed republics, the evacuation of women, children and elderly people to the Russian regions began. General mobilization has been announced.

The day before, President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the DPR and the LPR, and also instructed to ensure the maintenance of peace in the republics. As the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed, this decision was made on the basis of the provisions of the UN Charter, and added that the country recognizes the republics within the borders within which the leadership of the republics exercises its powers.