It is noted that the Ukrainian authorities do not intend to conduct direct negotiations with the DPR and LPR and amend the constitution on their special status.

“Recognition by Russia of the republics ... is considered a very good option, since this will bury the Minsk agreements so unloved by the Ukrainian authorities,” the publication says.

The article also reports that Zelensky does not believe in the possibility of a Russian "invasion" of Ukraine.

On February 15, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin announced that the lower house of parliament at a plenary session voted in favor of sending an appeal to the Russian president recognizing the independence of the LPR and DPR.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the vote of State Duma deputies on sending an appeal to the head of state regarding the recognition of the LPR and DPR.

According to the Russian leader, the authorities will act on the basis of "not fully realized opportunities for the implementation of the Minsk agreements."

Later, Zelensky commented on the initiative of the State Duma to recognize the independence of the DNR and LNR.