On Putin’s recent letter about Ukraine

KYIV. July 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The article of Russian President Vladimir Putin “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” is addressed not to Ukrainians, but to world leaders as a demonstration that the Russian Federation intends to maintain its control over Ukraine, Head of the Ukrainian Politics Foundation, historian, political analyst Kost Bondarenko has said.

“For the past six months Russia has been developing a new concept of stepping up its activities in relation to Ukraine. It is obvious that this article was not addressed to Ukrainians and the political elite of Ukraine, although it was duplicated in the Ukrainian language. It is addressed to world leaders to show its intention to maintain its control over Ukraine,” Bondarenko said at a roundtable talk entitled “Synergy of external, internal challenges for Ukraine. When is to expect turning point?” hosted by Interfax-Ukraine.

According to expert of Hardarika Strategic Consulting Corporation Kostiantyn Matviyenko, “Ukraine remains a strategic goal amid Russia’s weakening position in Asia.”

“Russia was ousted from the South Caucasus. The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan poses a big problem for Russia in Central Asia, from where it will most likely also leave. Kazakhstan is rather severely restricting Russian influence on its territory. The Anschluss of Belarus is almost complete. Now Ukraine remains a strategic goal for Russia and this is a challenge for us,” Matviyenko said.

https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/press-conference/756182.html

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