Putin may escalate Donbas ahead of UA elections - expert

13:40, 26 July 2018
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The Kremlin intends to employ the military factor to promote pro-Russian candidates, Tymchuk believes, according to Apostrophe.

If no serious agreements have been reached on Ukraine between Russia and the United States, "it is quite obvious the military factor will play its part" in Ukraine's campaigning period.

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"That is, while promoting his candidates, Putin will draw public attention to Donbas events by escalating the conflict. This will be done to actualize the issue of the so-called peace. And we are well aware of the rethoric they will pursue - the one on the need for a peaceful dialogue and criticism of the 'war party,' i.e. the ruling coalition. Pro-Putin candidates will emphasize the conflict in Donbas and keep saying there is only one way out –  to ensure that political forces promoting peace [with Russia] come to power," Tymchuk said.

As UNIAN reported, according to Tymchuk-led InformationResistance OSINT group, one of the biggest challenges for U.S. President Donald Trump is the question of the possible meddling of Russian intelligence in the midterm elections to the U.S. Congress, which will take place in November this year.

Amid Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia collusion probe, the Kremlin will once again provoke two opposing camps in the U.S. politics toward yet another round of conflict, aiming to undermine political stability from the inside and create an atmosphere of institutional mistrust

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