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Putin Weighs Whether to Recognize Ukrainian Breakaway Regions

Meanwhile, tensions in the nation continue to spiral

Amid fears Russia was trying to manufacture a reason to invade Ukraine on Monday, President Vladimir Putin held an extraordinary televised meeting in which he and his top officials discussed Kyiv's future.

Some of Russia's most influential officials urged Putin to recognize as independent states two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, where Moscow has been supporting separatists fighting Kyiv since 2014. Ensuing violence has killed some 14,000 people.

Putin ended the meeting by saying he would make a decision on the future of those regions Monday.

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