WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Ukrainian army destroys 2 insurgent bases near Slaviansk, Krama- torsk, Donetsk Oblast, no casualties, 3 rebels captured; pro-Russia separatists abduct National Guard regional cmdr. on May 12, Kiev uncertain of Col. Lebid’s loca- tion; government-backed Dnepr, Donbass Volunteer Battalions train for guerrilla war against separatists; UK’s center-left Guardian: Kremlin propaganda about Right Sector threat against Russophones “exaggerated”; Kiev demands Moscow withdraw troops from border as pre-condition for “road map” to peace, condemns Russian Air Force drill to take place N. of rebel-held Lugansk Oblast May 21-26, during Ukraine’s presiden- tial vote; Russian naval aviation pilots carry out bomb- ing drills in Kaliningrad; Tusk: “The NATO presence . . . should be greater in Baltic countries, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria . . . where we have a border with an unstable region”; Czechs chicken out, recall 1968 Soviet invasion, side with Slovaks, question need for NATO troops on territory

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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