Putin is expected to make a TV address shortly.
Cooperation documents were then signed between Putin and DPR head Denis Pushilin and LPR head Leonid Pasechnik
On Tuesday, a closed-door meeting of the Federation Council will consider the issue of recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk.
Earlier, the heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics had made this request to the Russian leader.
At a meeting on Monday, members of the Security Council supported this initiative, noting that Ukraine had left Russia no choice.