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Stanislav Belkovsky says Putin wants to ‘drain’ Donbas

The Russian political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky believes that the Russian President Vladimir Putin could not resist the pressure from the West and started "draining" the Donbas.

Stanislav Belkovsky

The well-known Russian political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky is "very much impressed" by the fact that the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR consider the Donbas "an integral part of Ukraine," Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Obozrevatel.

"I'm stunned! That's the only thing I can say. I just can not believe my ears," he said, speaking of "amendments and changes" to the Constitution of Ukraine, suggested by the ringleaders of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

"This means that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin really decided to "drain," that he could not stand the pressure from the West," he says. And noted: "It is clear that the "DPR" – "LPR" are Putin, these pseudo-states do not have any independent political subjectivity."

Speaking of the reasons for this sequence of events, Belkovsky said: "It confirms my thesis that I have expressed for many years: Putin is an absolute Westerner, he is in love with Europe and America, and he was raised in Germany. And all he had done last year was tempting the West to love. He just had to show off to seduce a woman." "When he realized that he could not tempt the West to love by violence, he decided to go on his knees and tempt the West to love by the method of tenderness," the analyst said.

At the same time, Belkovsky is sure: "He will not succeed, because if a woman does not love a man – it's forever. The West does not love Putin, and it will never fall in love with him. But Vladimir Vladimirovich does not understand this. And when the undestanding of this will come, it might be fraught with the resumption of the war," the expert predicted.

It should be recalled that today Pope Francis and Putin will discuss the war in Ukraine.