The leaders of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), two breakaway regions of Ukraine, recently recognized as independent by Russia, have officially requested Russian President Vladimir Putin’s help to repel the aggression of the Ukrainian armed forces. , Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agency RIA-Novosti on Wednesday.
“President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin received letters of appeal from the head of the Luhansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik and the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin,” Peskov said, according to RIA.
According to Peskov, the appeal read: “Kiev continues to strengthen its military presence on the line of contact, while receiving full support, including military support, from the United States and other Western states. The Kiev regime is focused on resolving the conflict by force.
“In view of the foregoing, the leaders of the two republics, within the framework of the current situation, as well as to prevent civilian casualties and a humanitarian catastrophe, on the basis of articles 3 and 4 of the treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance between the Russian Federation and the republics, asking the President of Russia to help repel the aggression of the armed forces and formations of Ukraine,” Peskov added, according to RIA.
The leaders of the two breakaway regions claimed that citizens were fleeing the region “due to the worsening situation and threats from Kyiv”.
“The actions of the Kyiv regime demonstrate reluctance to end the war in Donbass,” the appeal said, according to Peskov.
The Russian parliament has given its approval for the deployment of Russian troops on foreign territory in the context of the Donbass conflict.