"I see no signs that the political power in the Donbas may be consolidated in the same hands. In view of the fact that, despite the common name of Novorossia, which is tried to be used for this locality, there are great differences between the Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, and there is no indication that these two entities are willing to overcome these differences," he notes.
According to him, if Ukrainians were cynical enough, they would have given the Donbas to Russia. "They would say: "Do you want Donbas? You may have it! You (Russians) have just demolished it, now you restore it. You will by yourself seek common ground with all those people who are now rushing around with weapons out there. You will have to fight with the militarization of society, with the abundance of heavy weapons on hand, etc. It's all your problems now," Walker stresses.
According to the professor, it is unlikely that Russia would agree to invest heavily in the region's recovery - that is not its purpose. "Its purpose is to keep the island of instability on the territory of Ukraine. It needs a criminalized region, which would undermine the development of your country. Therefore, most likely, if one offers Russia to take the Donbas, it would reply: "No, thank you, it's yours." Moscow would treat the Donbas the same way as South Ossetia and Transnistria," Walker believes.