Journalist writes about this in his column in the new issue of ‘New Time’ magazine.
According to Mr. Portnikov, Russian government does not have strategic action plan, Putin rather reacts than build a situation.
‘Putin is no longer able to properly assess what is happening. He makes mistakes, often fatal for others, but those, that do not lead to success’, – the journalist writes.
According to him, the Russian president does not doubt that the occupied Donbas region is a lever of pressure on Ukraine.
‘Putin is convinced that saboteurs in Donetsk will help to foment rebellion throughout the Eastern Ukraine. As a result, we have become witnesses of an unprecedented unification of center, west and east against chauvinistic disease’, – Vitaliy Portnikov mentions.