United States recognizes the Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk
U.S. suddenly and without fanfare recognized the “rebel territories” of ex-Ukraine as independent states, namely Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The official document, confirming the recognition, is available on the official website of the U.S. government’s Department of the Treasury.
Verification is easy. The list of organizations against whom the sanctions are imposed, clearly state “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic”: