From the Russia state outlet Pravda:
Putin started his urgent address to the nation with an insight into the history of Ukraine and its creation. The Ukraine that we know today was created during the times of Bolshevist Russia, he said. Putin in particular said that today’s Ukraine was completely created by Lenin.
Today’s Ukraine can be referred to as “The Ukraine in the name of Vladimir Lenin”,” Putin said. He was the author and the architect of Ukraine,” he added. Ukraine has never had true statehood of its own, Putin said, recalling the scale of corruption of Ukraine.
There is no independent statehood in Ukraine — everything depends on what Westerners say. Foreign advisors are in charge of Ukrainian intelligence services. “We are well aware of that,” he said.
Putin Orders “Peacekeeping” Troops Into Ukraine
The Washington Post reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees ordering military forces into two separatist regions of Ukraine for “peacekeeping” purposes as Moscow recognized the breakaway regions’ independence Monday.
Putin signed a decree recognizing the areas — a move that Russia could use to justify an attack in those areas — and an agreement of cooperation with the heads of the two regions: Denis Pushilin of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Leonid Pasechnik of the Luhansk People’s Republic.
The formal recognition prompted a chorus of condemnation from world leaders, with some vowing sanctions.