Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to separate the occupied territories Donetsk and Lugansk region of Ukraine by their integration with the territory of the aggressor country. This writes Bloomberg, citing sources close to the Kremlin.
The Agency notes that Putin publicly supports prisoners in 2015 Minsk agreement, which was then in charge of Germany and France, but in fact they are going to separate now occupied part of the Donbass from Ukraine and build them into the structure of the Russian Federation.
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“Russia is moving (to the office – ed.) gradually, using a blockade, which entered the Ukrainian activists, as a political cover for taking control over key economic ties with the separatist zones,” writes Bloomberg.
The newspaper reminds that last week, the Railways has reduced tariffs for transportation of coal and iron ore in the territories occupied by the separatists. Thus Russia can replace Ukrainian exports and to ensure that it will continue working the plants, which are the main employers in these areas, journalists said.
Moreover, Russia is not even hiding his intentions, the newspaper writes. At least, the first Deputy Chairman of the Committee is illegitimate, Russian state Duma on CIS Affairs, Konstantin Zatulin, in comments to Bloomberg said: “there has been a step in the direction of the Department of Donbass – there is no doubt”.
These words are confirmed by Alexei Chesnakov, who advises Putin on the Ukrainian question, and a few other officials.
In this case, Putin uses an undefined response from the United States, said the Agency.
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West also noted that the Kremlin is trying to increase leverage in the occupied Donbass. Russia is necessary in order to reduce the cost of conflict. “The less the economy is integrated with Russia, the higher price”, – said Russian economist Andrey Margolin.
Yesterday, on April 19, President Petro Poroshenko said that no agreement with Russia on the temporarily occupied part of Donbas and annexed Crimea, which the hand of the aggressor state, will not, and Ukraine will return your including strength.
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