After signing treaties on the recognition of the states of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics, Putin gave orders to send troops to these territories, i.e. actually to the territory of Ukraine.
This step was predictable from the very beginning of large-scale provocations against Ukraine.
Now Russia can “officially” provide military assistance to the separatists in the ORDLO.
Perhaps this is the beginning of a war with Ukraine or even something more.