Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is well aware that losing Ukraine means his plans will fail to have Russia regain its superpower status.
"Putin is well aware the loss of Ukraine means the collapse of his plans to restore the empire and return a superpower status to Russia... Therefore, the stakes in such a war are super high," the president said in the Verkhovna Rada, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
According to Poroshenko, "Putin's dream is not about a divided Ukraine, it's about a divided Europe, which renounced its values. Putin's dream is about a weakened Europe, where he dictates his conditions. Putin's dream is about a belt of dependent satellite states whose sovereignty is purely nominal."