Live Updates: Moscow Orders Troops to Ukraine’s Breakaway Regions

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President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said his country would recognize the two territories in eastern Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists. The U.S. has said Russia could use the recognition to deploy forces to the region.CreditCredit…Kremlin Pool photo by Alexey Nikolsky

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin on Monday delivered an emotional and aggrieved address laying claim to all of Ukraine as a country “created by Russia,” recognizing the independence of two Russia-backed territories in eastern Ukraine and threatening the government of Ukraine that the bloodshed could continue.

The White House responded by saying that President Biden would begin imposing limited economic sanctions on the two separatist regions, stopping short of imposing any penalties directly…

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