Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych / Photo from UNIAN

"Plotnitskiy [self-styled leader of the Luhansk People’s Republic – LPR] and his counterpart from the “DPR” Zakharchenko, once completing the cleasning, will also fall under it. And they will be replaced politicians and businessmen from the inner circle of Yanukovych who fled to Russia. It’s no coincidence that "the president who is alive and legitimate" has recently announced publically his intention to return to politics," Novaya Gazeta wrote citing its “well-informed sources.”

It is noted that "such a scenario sounds weird, but what has been happening in “certain areas" of Donbas has long ceased to fit into the normal logic, while Yanukovych and his cronies, unlike Plotnitskiy and Zakharchenko, at least, did not take part in military operations against the Ukrainian army."

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