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Kiev is unlikely to soon regain control over the Donbas and the Crimea. This opinion was expressed on air ObozTV former head of the main investigative Department of SBU the General-the major Vasily Vovk.
“Today is an objective reality, and the operational environment suggests that in the near future we see no possibility of liberation of our territories. The near future — five, ten, fifteen years,” he explained.
While wolf noted that about 80 percent of Donbas residents are against the return of the region to the Ukraine. “I could say that “they are patriots, their prejudice,” but almost all of them have received Russian passports,” he said. “We need to speak the truth and do not tell people that “the entire Donbass 99 percent ready tomorrow to return to Ukraine”. We know the real situation, not even the occupied territories, and those that are around them in the “gray area” and further more look in the direction of Russia”, — said the major-General.
According to him, in the Crimea “hate Ukraine”, and Ukrainian passports are kept in order “to come to Ukraine to get a passport and bezveze to fly abroad”.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014. March 16 in the region held a referendum in which, according to official data, the overwhelming majority voted for joining Russia. On 18 March, the decision on acceptance of the Peninsula into the Russian Federation, announced in an extraordinary message to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kiev refused to recognize the results of the plebiscite. In Moscow, noted that the accession of the region conform to the norms of international law.
The armed conflict in the Donbas began in April 2014 after the attempt of the new Kiev authorities the power to suppress speech in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
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