Russia seeks to weaken Ukraine by invading and occupying the Donbas. This was stated by the special representative of the US State Department for Ukraine (2017-2019) Kurt Volker.
вЂњIt is important that Ukraine takes part in the Minsk negotiations. It is important that it takes a peaceful position. You are doing everything necessary on your part, but Russia is constantly violating the Minsk agreements. It is important that Ukraine maintains this position. The fact is that Russia is doing all this on purpose. It seeks to weaken Ukraine by invading and occupying the Donbas, and this does not work. If Ukraine develops democratically, economically, and integrates with the West, then Russia will realize that the invasion, occupation, and murder of Ukrainians do not make any sense,вЂќ Volker said.