Russia has not achieved its goals in the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine. U.S. special representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker expressed this opinion in an interview with Deutsche Welle.
"Russia hoped to bring to power more friendly to itself Kyiv government to keep Ukraine under its influence, but this had the opposite effect. Everything ended in tragedy, as so many people suffered as a result of this conflict. More than ten thousand people were killed and more than a million people became internally displaced, but Russia did not achieve its goals in Ukraine, "Volker said.
He added that it is likely that Russia does not intend to occupy the whole territory of Ukraine, but "more likely pursues political goals - to destabilize Ukraine, influence Kyiv's policy and try to drive a wedge between Ukraine and the West."
Speaking about the situation in the Donbas, Volker stressed that the conflict in the east of Ukraine is not a civil war.
"Of course, it’s not a civil war. To understand this, it's enough to see how many Russian-speakers live all over Ukraine. There is no conflict between its residents, there is no discrimination. So the conflict only touched one part of the east of Ukraine. Why? Because it started with a hybrid war, with the invasion of Russia into Ukraine, "Volker added.
As it was reported earlier Kurt Volker said that in his upcoming meeting with aide of the President of Russia Vladislav Surkov, he intends to discuss the withdrawal of Russia-controlled forces in Donbas and release of prisoners.
He said that discussing the means of speeding up the resolution of the conflict are going to be an important part of the discussion. He noted that this would require Russia to withdraw the forces it controls, and the forces that are present in Donbas must be disbanded.