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Ukraine’s government and the West has blamed Russia for fomenting the unrest in the country’s eastern regions, while Moscow says it has nothing to do with the insurgency and has called on Kyiv to halt its military operations there.

“This is a real war, and what we are doing is upgrading the legal status to match the reality,” Siumar said. “There is a decision to call things by their proper name.”

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