Donbass republics ask Putin for military help

The newly-recognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics want Moscow to help them “repel the Ukrainian regime’s military aggression”

Claiming Kiev’s “aggression” has only increased since Moscow recognized the breakaway Ukrainian regions as independent states, and calling the targeting of civilians a “genocide,” the leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics beseeched Russian President Vladimir Putin for military help in letters published on Wednesday.

DPR’s Denis Pushilin and LPR’s Leonid Pasechnik wrote to Putin separately, but both letters were dated Tuesday, February 22.

Both leaders invoked articles 3 and 4 of the newly ratified treaties on cooperation and mutual aid with Russia, asking Moscow to “render aid in repelling the military aggression of the Ukrainian regime,” which they say is being waged against them.

“Ukrainian aggression is increasing,” wrote Pushilin citing the increase in artillery bombardment that is targeting critical civilian infrastructure, leaving 300,000 people without water after the main waterworks were hit. The DNR leader claimed Ukraine is continuing what he called a “genocide” of the civilians, forcing the evacuation of over 40,000 people so far.

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