Russia to invade Ukraine, only later – journalist
The Russian Federation will invade Ukraine, but not during the Russian-Belarusian joint military exercises "Zapad -2017" (West-2017), a Russian journalist, political emigrant Arkady Babchenko said in an interview with the Novoe Vremya weekly.
The journalist believes that Russia will take such a step when its citizens face actual impoverishment, Novoye Vremya reported.
"I think that Russia will still invade Ukraine, but not now. When it comes to the real impoverishment of the Russian people and the 'oil-for-food' social programs, then the war will be definitely needed, and Ukraine is an obvious target," the journalist said.
He also said that the Russian-Ukrainian war will end only when Ukraine regains all its territories. According to the journalist, Kyiv has both military and non-military resources for the return of the occupied territories of Donbas.
"... Russia is even ready to give them up. However, Ukraine does not have the resources to return Crimea. Russia will never give up the peninsula by its own will," Babchenko said.
Poroshenko says Russia may provoke hot phase of warAs UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian Federation will be forced to withdraw its forces from the now-occupied areas of Donbas, according to Ukrainian Deputy Minister for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons Yuriy Hrymchak, who commented on the meeting of U.S. special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and Putin's aide Vladislav Surkov.
Hrymchak suggested that the decision to withdraw Russian troops from Donbas had already been taken. According to the official, the only thing being discussed now is how exactly the Russian troops will leave eastern Ukraine.
At the same time, Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs George Tuka doubted the idea that any concrete agreements had been reached at the meeting, so it is too early to talk about the withdrawal of Russian troops from Donbas.