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Good morning! Today we're covering Putin's decision to recognise Ukrainian separatist regions as independent nations, whether Switzerland can bring its ideals to the UN Security Council, and how health teams worldwide need much safer working conditions.

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French President Emmanuel Macron (R) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) in Moscow for talks in an effort to find common ground on Ukraine and NATO, at the start of a week of intense diploma on 7 February, 2022.

🇷🇺 Putin poised to sign a decree that would spell the death of the Minsk agreements. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin followed the majority opinion of the Russian Security Council and dropped a small bombshell: he signed a decree recognising the independence of the two pro-Russian separatist territories, the people's republics of Lugansk and Donetsk. It's a blow for Berlin and Paris.

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