April 18th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
The only aspect now linking the Donbass to the Ukraine is the exchange of prisoners. Everything else the Ukraine has already lost – said Nadezhda Savchenko.
The DPR and the LPR no longer rely on Kiev for anything, having made considerable adjustments to their economy and political networks. According to the politician, Kiev has lost all leverage in being able to influence the Republics, and they only have themselves to blame. They let precious time go to waste, releasing control over strategic questions that could have brought the Republics under Kiev’s influence.
“I don’t want to prophesize something bad, this is just the physical feeling that I have. As a pilot – they don’t just fly and look around, they feel the flight with every fibre of their body. In the same way, sometimes you feel a situation – we are losing because we did not act confidently in political decision-making over the past three years. “
Similarly, she says that Kiev’s excuses, that elections in the Donbass “under rebel machine guns” could not have taken place, are nonsensical.
“The choice of the people of the Donbass would have been the same irrespective of armed rebels.”
Ed: It would seem that Savchenko, in a rare statement for peace, is pro-elections in the Donbass as per the Minsk agreements. This has not been allowed to occur so far. It is reasonable to suppose that if the political process begun as it should have, when the economies of the regions were still closely tied, the breakaway Republics would have a lot more aspects to consider in their decisions.