Ilya Arkhipov and Henry Meyer bring up this issue in the article published on Bloomberg.com. The authors note that these semi-states may have the right to veto decisions regarding the future of the whole country, for example, NATO membership. Earlier, the former Adviser to the President Putin, Andrey Illarionov, said that the main intention of the Head of the Russian Federation is legalization of "Novorossia".
According to the authors, Putin will not agree to anything less than the granting of autonomy to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The Head of the Russian Federation plans to wait until November to make sure that his main goal is achieved. Then Ukraine will start the heating season, and there will be a new parliament. According to the former adviser to Putin, Stanislav Belkovsky, the Head of the Russian Federation wants to bring Ukraine to its knees.
September 1, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the "militants" would conquer the Ukrainian territory as long as Ukraine itself began to ask for peace. The same day, the media reported that during the conversation with the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso President Putin said that he would be able to take Kyiv in two weeks, if he wanted to. Earlier, the Russian leader said that Russia would remain one of the major nuclear powers. According to Belkovsky, Putin makes use of the fact that the West is afraid of big war.
At the same time the Head of the Moscow Carnegie Center, Dmitri Trenin says that ceasefire would be an important victory the Russian Federation; the country will negotiate from the position of strength, because the ultimate Putin's goal is Ukraine's gaining the status of a buffer zone between Russia and the West.