Russian President Vladimir Putin masked his part in fueling the conflict in the Donbass, claiming illegal referendums on the establishment of the "republic" in May 2014. This was stated by the former "minister of the DPR state security", the militant Olexandr Khodakovsky during his on-line conference.
"Putin (stating that it is not necessary to hold a "referendum"- OstroV) was supposed to create an impression that Russia is not involved the conflict which takes place in the Donbass. Therefore, he made this statement and officially stepped back from what happened here. So do not think that Putin tried to dissuade us from the "referendum". It must be viewed from the perspective of the head of a very large country that is in a very difficult situation", - he said.
Olexandr Khodakovsky is a former employee of the SBU, he betrayed the oath and from the first days of the Russian hybrid war against Ukraine became one of the leaders of the Donbass terrorists. He created and led the Vostok battalion. Currently, he is moved away from all official posts in the "DPR". Now he is in the confrontation with the so-called "head of the republic" Olexandr Zakharchenko. He stands for an idea of Donbass accession to Russia, but his approach to this matter does not find understanding in the Russian Federation.