A number of NATO countries' intelligence agencies stated warning their colleagues from other NATO countries against wrong assessment of the Kremlin's policy, Censor.NET reports citing Deutsche Welle and informed sources.
According to these special services, Putin, certainly, would not accept the pro-Russian separatists' defeat. However, instead of separating the Donbas from Ukraine, he relies on the conversion of the breakaway regions into the functioning administrative units within a federated Ukraine, the article reads.
Intelligence agencies also note that there are more than a dozen groups among the separatists in the eastern Ukraine, which often acted uncoordinated in the past, and Putin just barely managed to control them. Now the president of the Russian Federation intends to put an end to this, the article reads.