Everything stated within the extraordinary session of Russia’s safety council factors in direction of recognition of the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk Individuals’s Republics in doable preparation for conflict, says our senior overseas correspondent Roland Oliphant.
Sergei Shoigu, the Russian defence minister, briefed the assembly on an alleged construct up of Ukrainian forces in Donbas and an alleged inclusion into Russian territory.
He claimed Ukraine is run by violent ultranationalist and even speculated that Ukraine would possibly even search a nuclear bomb.
Sergei Lavrov, the overseas minister, reported that the US had not met Russia’s proposals for a compromise and it was not clear the place diplomacy was heading.
Dmitry Kozak, the person answerable for talks with Ukraine, stated the Minsk peace course of was at “zero”.
Mikhail Mishustin, the prime minister, lastly briefed the assembly on the dangers the nation would face – and why it was nicely ready for them.
Recognition does not must imply conflict: Mr Putin might merely in troops to safe the territory the separatists at the moment maintain and cease on the present line of contact, to pile much more incremental stress on Ukraine.
However the separatists solely management a few third of the territory they declare. The remainder of Donetsk and Luhansk areas are beneath Ukrainian management.
If he decides to uphold these claims, it should imply conflict. And his ministers and advisers have simply laid out a smorgasbord of doubtful excuses to justify a fair wider invasion.