If Putin has not reacted to the call of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ to make it a part of Russia, it does not mean he gave up the Donbass region. On the contrary, I don’t doubt that Russia will start military action by the election on May 25 and call it a ‘peacekeeping operation in eastern Ukraine’. By the way, Belarus will take part in the ‘operation’ too. Lukashenka made a clear hint lately. Putin wants not only the Donbass region, but also entire Ukraine, Transnistria, a part of Latvia and Estonia. A new Russian Empire is the only state that would require Putin as president. Putin is under strong pressure from overexcited Russian patriots, whom he agitated.
— Konstantin Borovoy, former Russian Federation State Duma deputy, Party of Economic Freedom, former general manager of Russian Trading System; quoted by Charter 97, May 14, 2014
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