Putin: The West has ripped off all masks of pretence

At the very beginning of Operation Z, the Kiev authorities, through various channels, were asked not to engage in battles, but to withdraw troops from the Donbass in order to avoid bloodshed

Russian MPs urge Putin to recognise People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk

Kiev's failure to comply with the Minsk agreements would allow Donbass to determine its future outside Ukraine independently