It is clear to everyone that Russia has lost the campaign in Donbass, says Leonid Gozman, a Russian politician and president of the Union of Right Forces movement.
The Kremlin does not want to change the situation in Donbass. This opinion was expressed by the Russian politician, President of the Union of Right Forces movement Leonid Gozman to the Observer in an interview published on February 22.
“In the Kremlin, they live like in the film Groundhog Day. They don’t want the future, only the present. They preserve everything, because they don’t see a good future at all. There is no such feeling: now we will defeat Bandera, we will free Kharkov and Kherson, and then, finally, a happy life will come. There are no such prospects with Ukraine, “he said.
The politician believes that the Kremlin does not have a strategy, but he expressed hope that Moscow will not go on the attack.
“It will be associated with large losses in manpower, which is too risky. Most likely, the Donbass will be frozen, and not because they are waiting for something, but because they do not know what to do next. At the beginning there was a strategy, they went to attack, because they wanted to seize, tear away eight southeastern regions from Ukraine, make a puppet state on this territory and, perhaps, even annex it to themselves. Thank God, this did not happen, but they do not know what to do next, – noted Gozman.
According to him, the most correct thing for the Russian Federation would be to leave Donbass.
“They could say that they fulfilled their mission there, did not allow them to prohibit speaking in Russian and other such nonsense. [Президент РФ Владимир] Putin can leave Donbass only if he saves face. Otherwise, he cannot do it. Then what should be done? It is necessary to sit down together with [президентом Украины Владимиром] Zelensky and agree. Say: “Listen, Volodya, come on, so this: I will say this, you will say this. Then I am with my people, and you are with yours, and we will quietly leave. Here is the schedule of our departure, the transfer of control over the border, the leaders We will take this “lugandon” to our place, and you do not interfere, ”explained Gozman.
He stressed that in order to reach such agreements, trust in each other is needed.
“But the level of mutual relations of political structures between Ukraine and Russia is such that this cannot be done. Unfortunately, such an approach is impossible. Although everyone understands that Russia lost the campaign in Donbass. Our gain is the capture of the entire so-called Novorossia. we keep these two cities, which are like a suitcase without a handle, and we keep there some kind of thug that kills each other from time to time – who is happy about this? No one, “the Russian politician said.
In 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea, Russia launched an armed aggression in eastern Ukraine. The fighting is between the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the one hand and the Russian army, and the Russian-backed militants who control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on the other. The Russian Federation does not officially recognize its invasion of Ukraine, despite the facts and evidence presented by Ukraine.
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