Putin Orders Troops to Separatist Regions and Recognizes Their Independence

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The United States and allied nations denounced the Russian government’s recognition of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine and its order to deploy Russian troops to them.CreditCredit…Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The United States and allied nations sought to isolate Russia on Monday at an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting over the Ukraine crisis, calling Moscow’s recognition of two separatist regions and the deployment of Russian troops to them a blunt defiance of international law that risks war.

The unusual late-evening meeting of the Council was requested by Ukraine after President Vladimir V. Putin ordered troops into the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, escalating a conflict that Western officials warn could explode into one of the…

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