Commander of Ukraine's JFO: Considerable chances of quick end to Donbas war
Commander of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev says there are good chances today that the Ukrainian-Russian war in Donbas, Ukraine's east, may end quickly.
"I think there are considerable chances that the war can end quickly," he said in an interview with the Lviv-based news portal Vysoky Zamok.
Nayev reasons that Russian President Vladimir Putin sees no advantage of a large-scale war because his goal is to keep Ukraine in the sphere of his influence.
"Blackmailing Ukraine in keeping with the Transnistrian scenario is advantageous to him. This is the reason why he has unleashed aggression in the east. Yet Putin is not aware of his disastrous mistake: he himself has turned a whole nation into his own enemy, the enemy of the Russian state. Remembering the sacrifices of this war, the Ukrainian nation will never forgive this and will take revenge. Putin has involuntarily consolidated and tempered the Ukrainian people," Nayev said.