“As for the de facto steps towards Russia, I don’t know anything about it, I don’t have any information on this,” he said.
At the same time, the Kremlin speaker recalled that the Russian side continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the republics. In addition, many of their residents received Russian citizenship. This decision was made for humanitarian reasons, he stressed.
On July 5, Alexander Borodai, ex-prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), announced that she and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) would soon become part of Russia. He said that de facto it happened a long time ago, and now it will be fixed de jure, writes the Ukrainian edition of Strana.Ua.
Member of the Federation Council, Vladimir Dzhabarov, commenting on these statements, said that Russia is not interested in acquiring the Donbass republics and considers them only as “territories where Russian-speaking people live,” while continuing to consider it part of Ukraine, unlike Kiev, which refers to the DPR and LPR as to foreign territories, he said on the radio speaks Moscow.