Putin Wants to Split Ukraine ‘Like North and South Korea,’ Ukrainian Intelligence Chief Warns

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking to split Ukraine into two separate nations, a Ukrainian intelligence chief in Kyiv warned on March 27.

“In fact, it is an attempt to create North and South Korea in Ukraine,” Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, said.

Budanov said that he believed Putin had rethought his plan for the full occupation of Ukraine after failing to swiftly take Kyiv.

The warning came as Leonid Pasechnik, the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine said that it could hold a referendum “in the near future” to let voters “express their opinion on joining the Russian Federation.”

Budanov predicted that the Ukrainian army would push back Russian forces.

“The season of a total Ukrainian guerrilla safari will soon begin. Then there will be one relevant scenario left for the Russians: how to survive,” Budanov said.

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