According to the head of the Russian state, Russia with Ukraine are bound by a thousand threads. “I am deeply convinced that the Ukrainian and Russian people — they are simply close relatives. It is almost one and the same. Suffice it to say that the entire Soviet Union for decades was led by immigrants from Ukraine”, — Putin said in an interview with Oscar-winning Director Oliver stone, aired on the Showtime movie channel.
The Russian President also said that Russia for its part in 2014, has repeatedly appealed to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with a request to refrain from escalating the situation and conduct military operations in the Donbass.