The idea of the two Donbass republics joining Russia has not been discussed, according to Dmitry Kozak, the deputy head of the presidential administration, focused on the relationship with Ukraine.
Donbass is home to two self-proclaimed states, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). The two Ukrainian regions announced their independence following the Euromaidan coup in 2014. The two republics remain unrecognized, and Russia considers them to be Ukrainian territory.
Kozak’s comments came after Alexander Borodai, the former prime minister of the DPR, announced that the entry of Donbass into Russia was imminent. Borodai explained that the two republics are already “de facto” parts of Russia, but will soon be “de jure.”