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Ukraine Recognizes Crimea/LNR/DNR before 2024

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Prior to the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladmir Putin formally recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics as independent states. Russia also annexed the Republic of Crimea in February 2014. Ukraine formally considers all 3 territories to be "temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine"

On March 7, 2022, Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Russia would be willing to halt military operations if Ukraine agreed to demands which included recognition of the independence of Crimea, DNR and LNR.

Will Ukraine officially recognize a former Ukrainian territory as independent before 2024?

This question will resolve as "Yes" if, at any time between April 1, 2022 to January 1, 2024, the government of Ukraine formally recognizes any territory previously held by Ukraine on January 1, 2014 as being independent, or as the territory of another nation. This may resolve positively on recognition of the Republic of Crimea, the Donetsk People's Republic, the Luhansk People's Republic, or any other former Ukranian territories comprising at least 2,000 km^2 in total. An official statement by either a member of the Ukrainian executive branch of government, or the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs will be required for resolution.

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