Russia’s roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine ‘leaked from Vladimir Putin’s office’

Moscow has been planning to annex parts of Ukraine for more than 12 months, according to sensational claims made in a Russian newspaper. Vladimir Putin’s office reportedly compiled a detailed roadmap of how a “pro-Russian drift” could allow it to seize Crimea and some eastern provinces, just a few weeks prior to the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych and the start of the Ukrainian crisis. According to a document allegedly leaked to the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, Russia had identified Mr Yanukovych as “politically bankrupt”, and outlined a plan by which a “coup” would set in motion events ultimately leading to Russian expansion.Read Full Article

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