Hybrid annexation: the expert voiced the goals of the Kremlin in the Donbas

The Kremlin will continue to give the Ukrainians in the Donbas Russian citizenship, but the open claims to the territory will not follow

The lack of progress in the political part of Minsk agreements may push Russia to further the development of “hybrid annexation” of Donbass. About it in interview to “Today,” said the coordinator of international projects of the Razumkov Centre Oleksiy Melnyk.

The expert believes that the Kremlin will continue to give the Ukrainians in the Donbas Russian citizenship, but the open claims on these territories from the Russian Federation will follow.

“The Kremlin’s awareness of the impossibility of further advancing the political part of Minsk agreements will probably lead to enhancement of the hybrid scenario of annexation ORDO. Under hybrid annexation should be understood further certification, integration into economic and socio-cultural space of Russia. The possibility of the Crimean pseudo-referendum scenario and the consideration by the state Duma on the following day, the inclusion of these two “fragments” of the Russian Federation, in my opinion, almost zero. Most likely, in the near future ARDLA waiting for the fate of Abkhazia, South Ossetia or Transnistria. For Russia, these territories are interesting as a source of labor, as a way of solving demographic problems, as an additional voice of the newly-minted loyal citizens for the next Russian elections and referendums,” – said Alexey Miller.

As previously reported by the website “Today”, several rounds of talks with political advisers to the leaders of the “Normandy format” of 12 June in Paris and on 3 July in Berlin, the developments in the Donbas has not brought. According to the German media, that the meeting in Germany, Moscow actually put forward an ultimatum to Ukraine – until 6 July at the meeting of the TAG in Minsk to present the draft changes to the Ukrainian Constitution that would provide special status of Donbass.

On the evening of 8 July a scandal broke out against the background of statements of the representative of Russia in the TAG Boris Gryzlov for “the establishment in Ukraine of two States.” In an interview with “Today,” the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said Gryzlov, having made such a statement, “postevca coast”. The foreign Ministry has already sent letters to the foreign Ministers “channel format” on the inadmissibility of such statements.

Recall that in the first podkarantinnoy an interview with Russian Federal TV channel, Vladimir Putin spoke for the first time territorial claims to the countries of the former Soviet camp: