The Russians are telling the USA:
Fuck off. We won’t let the Peoples Republics go under. Your protests be damned. This isn’t your backyard and you have no interests here.
The American toddlers are having a tantrum. One hopes that the American snit won’t turn to war. They’re not known for good manners or decent behaviour when vexed.
On Saturday, President V V Putin signed a decree allowing temporary recognition of DNR/LNR identification documents by Russia until the Minsk peace accord takes full effect. The US Embassy in Kiev said on its Twitter account:
Russia’s recognition of the separatist “republics” papers is concerning and contradicts the agreed goals of the Minsk agreements.
In 2014, Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts in the then-eastern Ukraine declared independence from Kiev. In response, Kiev launched military operations against the two Donbass Peoples Republics. In 2015, the sides signed a ceasefire in Minsk brokered by the leaders of the so-called Normandy Four group, comprising France, Germany, Russia, and the Ukraine. Since the beginning of the conflict, LNR and DNR residents faced difficulties with their documents, as their Ukrainian papers were now invalid, but DNR/LNR papers had no international recognition.
19 February 2017