Russia seeks the division of Ukraine, according to the Korean model, according to the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, who claims that this is Moscow’s purpose, having failed in its plan to seize the entire country.
The Russians have failed to bring down the Ukrainian government, as President Vladimir Putin intended, and have suffered heavy defeats in Kiev, Budanov said in a message posted on his Facebook account. Therefore, “there is reason to think that Putin contemplates a Korean-style scenario, consisting of a dividing line between the occupied and unoccupied regions of our country,” continues the head of the Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense.
The efforts of Russian troops are now focused on creating a land corridor with Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, in which they have encountered, according to Budanov, the “indominable and courageous” defense of the besieged city of Mariupol.
Russia’s top brass on Friday concluded the so-called first phase of its intervention in Ukraine and said it was now focused on what it called the “liberation” of Donbas, the self-proclaimed separatist republics in the east of the country.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly made it clear that any negotiations with Russia must lead to “significant results,” under the premise of respect for his country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.