Serhii Rakhmanin wrote in his article for ZN.UA citing own sources, Censor.NET reports.
"According to our information, Putin confirmed the readiness to replace Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky by less odious individuals. We were reliably informed that Poroshenko took interest in "Medvedchuk's plan" stipulating for establishment of administrations in the "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" that would be headed by the people suiting both Kyiv and Moscow. Apparently, Viktor Medvedchuk has proposed Rinat Akhmetov and Yurii Boiko as candidates to Petro Poroshenko. It is said that the candidates satisfy the president," the article reads.
"According to our information, he held preliminary talks with both of them, and both candidates have allegedly agreed. It is hard to believe (especially in the case of Akhmetov), but the source of ZN.UA insists on reliability of information. Putin was briefed with the proposal, but he has not authorized it yet," Rakhmanin wrote.
According to him, selecting the candidates, Kyiv took the tack that was tried and tested in early 2014 - to appoint oligarchs to govern troublesome "realms" while Moscow considered slightly different factors taking such decisions.
"For example, Putin does not trust Rinat Akhmetov anymore. His confidence was undermined both by Akhmetov's position to act in nobody's favor and positive opinion of Victoria Nuland on the Ukrainian oligarch during U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's summer visit in Sochi. Boiko still enjoys Kremlin's confidence. But is it worth recalling Boiko from the Opposition Bloc taking into account the lack of leaders there? Is it worth to imperil the destiny of the head of the only pro-Russian force in the Ukrainian parliament? Or would it be better to create a foothold in Luhansk for him to return to Kyiv later? What will it cost the Kremlin?" the article reads.
It should be reminded that according to Rakhmanin's previous article, the elections in the "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" and their recognition by Kyiv are considered as Russia's main tool to get out of the war in the Donbas with dignity, which will allow Putin to simultaneously maintain control over "DPR"/"LPR" and raise the issue of the lifting of sanctions.
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