Aug 31, 2014
By Bob Sheppard
Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be pushing for statehood and full independence for the region of eastern Ukraine that he recently referred to as “New Russia.”
Putin was speaking on Russian television when he called for Ukraine to discuss a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine, including the possibility of statehood.
Putin says the talks are needed in order to safeguard the interests of people who live in the region.