RUSSIA wants to split Ukraine in half like North and South Korea, the country’s military intelligence chief has warned, as frustrated Putin launches a deadly new pinch move.
Kyrylo Budanov has accused Russian troops of trying to apply what he calls the “Korean scenario” after they failed to capture Kyiv as the invasion continued to falter.
Budanov, head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Service, said Putin’s butcher will soon launch a guerrilla war in Russian-occupied territory to create a Moscow-controlled region.
In a statement released by the Defense Ministry, Budanov said Putin realized “that he cannot swallow the whole country” – and would instead try to divide the country like North and South Korea.
“The occupiers will try to draw the occupied territories into a single quasi-state structure and pit them against independent Ukraine,” he added.
Budanov pointed to Russian attempts to set up parallel governments in occupied cities and try to prevent people from using Ukrainian currency.
He believes Putin’s priorities are now east and south Ukraine while the Russian tyrant performs a terrifying pincer move.
The warning was sparked after the leader of a separatist-controlled Donbass region said he wanted to vote on joining Russia – which could be a precursor to Moscow’s formal annexation of more Ukrainian territories.
Leonid Pasechnik, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, said it plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia in the near future.
Russia has backed separatist rebels in Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk since an uprising erupted there shortly after Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
In talks with Ukraine, Moscow has demanded that Kyiv recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Just days before the invasion, Putin recognized the rebel regions as independent states – even though the rest of the world sees them as part of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused the West of cowardice while its brave troops repel the invading forces.
Ukraine’s president has called for more fighter jets and tanks to be deployed in defense against Putin’s butchers.
He called on Western leaders to hand over supplies that are “collecting dust” in stockpiles.
“I spoke to the Mariupol defenders today. I am in constant contact with them. Her determination, heroism and steadfastness are amazing,” he said in a video address on Sunday.
Referring to NATO, Zelenskyy added: “If those who have been thinking about giving up dozens of jets and tanks for 31 days only had one percent of their courage.”
His remarks came afterwards Joe Biden sparked havoc with a faux pas in which he vowed to Putin he ‘can’t stay in power’ – which experts said could prolong the war in Ukraine.
The White House desperately backtracked, insisting the 79-year-old US President did not call for regime change in his speech in Poland yesterday.
Biden’s seemingly spontaneous remark sparked anger in Moscow and set alarm bells ringing in the West as well.
Experts said the faux pas – Biden’s second in two days – would be taken in Russia as confirmation that the US is bent on toppling Putin.
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, called it a gross lapse in discipline that risked an extension Scope and duration of Putin’s war.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s chief negotiator, David Arakhamia, announced today that the next round of face-to-face peace talks between Kyiv and Moscow will take place in Turkey.
It is understood that the two sides will meet between March 28th and 30th.
Ukraine described earlier talks after Putin unleashed his bloody invasion in February as “very difficult”.
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