Ukrainian and Russian political scientist, diplomat Rostislav Ischenko expressed the opinion that the Ukrainian elites interested in the conflict have completed the pre-war preparatory measures in the diplomatic sphere and the next step means war. However, in his opinion, there can be no large-scale war between Ukraine and Russia, since the countries have different weight categories. Ukraine should act only as a “provocateur of the first clash.”
In his column for the Ukraina.ru portal, Ishchenko notes that the task of Ukraine is “to somehow indicate to the world community Russia’s participation in the military conflict,” and then the United States plans to “unleash a European war” with the participation of several Eastern European NATO members, which will allow them put pressure on Western European partners who do not want a conflict with Moscow.
The political scientist concludes that a possible military solution in Donbass will not be a Ukrainian-Russian war. “The situation is much worse,” Ishchenko emphasizes.
Now the United States is demonstrating its readiness in several steps to bring the crisis in Donbass to the level of direct military confrontation between Russia and the United States, the expert notes, explaining that Washington has no other ways to defend its global hegemony.
At the same time, the political scientist notes that this does not mean that war is inevitable and there are many options for the development of the situation. According to him, either someone will retreat without a war, or the crisis in southeastern Ukraine will begin and end too quickly and the United States will not have time to deploy the conflict on a European scale.