Portnikov: a Hybrid war that Putin waged against Ukraine more than three years, must be replaced on a “hybrid world”

Portnikov: to put Pressure on Kyiv from Moscow, and from Berlin and from Paris. And perhaps even from Washington

Photo: Vitaly Portnikov / Facebook

The statement of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin about the need to improve relations with Kiev after the settlement of the situation in the Donbas and return of Ukrainian military equipment from the occupied Crimea differ greatly from his recent statements. This was written in a column on the newspaper’s website “Radio Liberty” political commentator Vitaly Portnikov.

He noted that the Russian President no longer speaks of the “coup” in Kiev, while the situation around Ukraine has not changed.

“He changed the Putin – first of all from the point of view of rhetoric… Putin’s election campaign and the actions of the President of Russia after his re-election to the post of the head of state will be held under the banner of “peacekeeping”. But, of course, in no peace with Ukraine Putin is not interested”, – said the journalist.

In his opinion, the Kremlin’s strategy towards Ukraine will change as well.

“Hybrid war that Putin waged against Ukraine last more than three years, should be changed to “hybrid world”. A “hybrid world” much more dangerous than a hybrid war. Yes, the “hybrid world” is saving the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who will certainly die if hybrid warfare will continue. But the meaning of a “hybrid world” – to achieve the destruction of the Ukrainian state,” – said Portnikov.

He explained that under the “hybrid world” Russia to cease hostilities in the Donbas, the Ukrainian control over the territory will be restored only after the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the provision of part of the Donbas Autonomous status that will last for years.

“To put pressure on Kyiv from Moscow, and from Berlin and from Paris. And perhaps even from Washington. Problems of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in the Donbas will turn into a headache for the Ukraine. While on-site, which formally would be considered Ukrainian, will continue to serve the Russian TV channels, sold Russian goods, to give the concept of “Russian world”, will bloom smuggling,” – said Portnikov.

He warned that the enemies of Ukraine want to leave the Donbass “like festering wound” on her body. In parallel aktiviziruyutsya part of the Western political elite, which will support the lifting of sanctions against Russia, and in Ukraine itself, Russia will spend huge money to buy politicians and simulation “civil society.”

“After the next parliamentary elections may be an amazing unit outright collaborators, and pseudo-patriots, who will speak for reconciliation with Moscow and Ukraine’s search of its place in the world between Russia and the West. The Minsk agreement will then be finally implemented, the region will become a state within a state, Crimea disappears from the Ukrainian agenda. As the new President of Ukraine will go to Moscow profitable to sell Ukrainian sovereignty”, – said the journalist.

Portnikov added that Ukraine is very important not to fall into that trap.

“To defend their country from Putin and those who are willing to abandon the country’s future for the sake of imaginary “peace” and illusory economic benefits, can only be the Ukrainians”, – he concluded.

11 Jan Putin meeting with the heads of Russian media said that Russia is ready to give Ukraine the military ships and aircraft from the Crimea.

The speaker of the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, said on 12 January that Putin’s proposal is a “gesture of goodwill”.

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