Putin has three options for future Ukraine plans from optimistic to radical

Russian President Vladimir Putin has three long-term plans to choose from if he successfully takes over Ukraine, experts say.

An article written up for Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda has said the Russian invasion of Ukraine could follow one of three reported long-term plans.

The article, which pitches a political scientist and journalist in debate with one another, was translated by Dmitry Grozoubinski, who called the article "absolutely horrifying" when sharing the translation on Twitter.

Featured throughout are three plans Putin could take on in, the article says, the "post-war fate of Ukraine".

Political scientist Peter Kulichenko and KP journalist Sergei Ponomarev debated the three plans in an article.

One of the three plans was labelled the "Optimistic Plan" which was "Ukraine remains at its previous size (minus the territories of DNR and LNR within their administrative borders."

Ponomarev said this was the most "attractive" plan at "first glance" but claims that "A patchwork Ukraine, assembled over just a few decades from territories stolen from the Russian federation, or gifted by it, cannot remain whole."

But Ponomarev's "realistic plan" claims the Ukraine would be divided into several pieces.

He called it "the most optimal way to solve the problem" which would, after a series of phases and elections, be called "NovoRussia".

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The most "radical" plan, Ponomarev says, is "the complete disappearance of Ukraine as a country".

Ponomarev writes that: "This would be a possibility only in the event that the collapse of the country at the conclusion of the special operation reaches a completely irreversible and chaotic level.

"The only thing that's clear now is that the country as it was no longer exists."

Political scientist Kulichenko weighed in and called the speculation "overly extreme" but that whatever the outcome, the Ukraine would be "far more dangerous".

Kulichenko added that he did not believe "the West" would recognise a "NovoRussia Project" in Ukraine, alleging that Western leaders would call it "a 'puppet' and preferring to have dealings only with the immigrant government of Zelensky".

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