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Putin Recognizes the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics as Independent States

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an address to the Russian people that he recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics as independent states. At the end of the address, Vladimir Putin signed presidential decrees recognizing the republics and signed agreements on friendship and cooperation.

Bulgarian MFA: Bulgaria unconditionally Supports the Sovereignty and Territorial integrity of Ukraine within its Internationally Recognized Borders

In connection with the Russian State Duma's call for recognition of the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and the verbal note received from the Ukrainian Embassy in Sofia, the Foreign Ministry said:

Ukraine shelled settlements; "Enemy tries to escalate conflict"

"On Thursday morning, the Ukrainian security forces shelled nine settlements in the territories of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics for two hours", this was announced by the representatives of the republics in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Ceasefire, writes Sputnik.

NATO chief thanks Erdoğan for efforts to solve Ukraine crisis

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Feb. 7 had a phone conversation and discussed regional developments, particularly the tension between Russia and Ukraine.

Stoltenberg thanked Erdoğan for his "active support" and "personal engagement to find a political solution" to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine tension.

Making Poland’s Military Great Again

The arrival of the heaviest military equipment in the West will herald the Polish government's pledge from July 2021 to "radically increase" the country's defence capabilities and to expand the Polish Armed Forces to a staggering 300,000 personnel - a combination of the regular professional army and part-time volunteer Territorial Defence Force, which was created in 2017.