President Putin has a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
UPDATE: According to the Kremlin, Putin provided Macron and Scholz with the numerous violations of the International Humanitarian Law by Ukrainian armed forces
On February 21, Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the sovereignty of the LNR and DNR in response to requests from the Donbass republics and after an appeal by Duma deputies. Early on the morning of February 24, Russia began a military special operation to demilitarize Ukraine. Putin called its goal “to protect people who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.
According to the Defense Ministry, the Armed Forces are striking only military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops.