Are they on the Kremlin payroll?
Is this grass roots?
Are they Russian agents (probably not)?
Are they being coordinated by Russian agents?
I would love to see Donbas gain some measure of autonomy. That’s hard to accomplish, however, with Russian agents and special forces running around, kidnapping journalists, murdering pro-Ukrainian activists, torturing pro-Ukrainian politicians.
Let’s arm the local, and then, after a year of gun ownership, allow their referendum.