The cancellation of illegal elections in the rebel-held territories is another evidence of Putin’s plans’ collapse, says renowned analyst Vitali Portnykov in Facebook Oct. 6.
“The cancellation of fake elections is another evidence of the collapse of Putin’s plan to create the so-called Novorosiya in Ukraine’s eastern and southern oblasts.
It shows that Putin has to backtrack under pressure of West’s sanctions and Ukraine’s refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the breakaway republics.
However, Putin cannot withdraw from Donbas without a devastating blow to his reputation. So, he will continue to live with the sanctions,” Portnykov says.
Putin’s position can be describes as “the rat in a trap,” he says.