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Under a decree signed by President, the Russian Federation recognised the documents issued by the governments of the ‘people’s republics’.
On 15th February the Ukrainian government declared a state of emergency in the energy sector. The main reason behind the decision is the shortage of anthracite.
For the first time in its independent history, Ukraine did not buy any gas directly from Russia, thus reducing its imports by about 32%.
On 7 February, an order from the head of the Russian Federal Security Service came into force, establishing a border security zone along the border with Belarus.