Moscow plans to annex east of Ukraine, using the same methods, which were used in Crimea.

Nuland: Russia repeats Crimean scenario in east of Ukraine

Spokesperson for the United States Department of State Victoria Nuland expressed this opinion at hearings of the committee of the Senate concerning the situation in Ukraine that took place in Washington, Ukrainska Pravda reports.

“Equally worrying, today from Slovyansk to Odesa the playbook is identical to what we saw in Crimea: first you create upheaval in towns that were completely peaceful just 2 months before, then you intimidate the local population, and hold bogus independence referenda on 2 weeks’ notice, as have just been declared for May 11 in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples’ Republics”, - said Nuland.