As the original names of the Donetsk and Lugansk PEOPLE’S REPUBLICS testify, the original driving force of the Donbass uprising against the anti-Russian and neo-fascist, neo-Banderite US- and NATO-aided regime change in Ukraine, the Maidan, was a late, but also the most notable attempt of the people themselves to restore at least something of the USSR that was unscrupulously betrayed by its own leadership and the KGB and military command after several decades of high-stake, but otherwise meticulously executed plan of the great historical reversal that not only completely undid the results of World War II, but also destroyed totally the USSR, the world socialist system and nearly everything what the Soviet people accomplished, created and defended against fascism at the cost of 25-27 million lives.
This original, unplanned, spontaneous pro-socialist and pro-Soviet drive of the Novorossiya uprising from below was, however, very quickly put under the Kremlin management via Strelkov, Boroday and others who were dispatched to Donbass. It was never a big secret that Strelkov himself is a firm anti-communist advocate of czarism, a White Guard by conviction, a right-wing nationalist. It was this ideological and political character of Strelkov which was for the Kremlin his decisive asset for quelling the original pro-Soviet, leftist impulse of the uprising and for turning the whole struggle eventually into a mere hostage, pawn, sacrificial victim and expendable instrument of the quisling Putin regime and its intra-oligarchic games at the expense of Russia, Ukraine and Donbass.
There was no way that Putin and his oligarchic, right-wing neo-feudal mafia regime would tolerate not only any new resurrected Soviet people’s republic next to the Russian Federation or even within, but not even any more serious call for any social justice or equality. That’s why also the real popular leaders who were either too independent or too sincere and serious had to be killed—in the mind of Putin and his clique, and that’s also what happened—what the Kremlin did through its paramilitary mercenaries and intelligence agencies.
There are many indications that the Kremlin and Poroshenko, respectively Ukraine, worked together in sync, while maintaining their postures as would-be two adversaries or even “civilizational enemies,” as Poroshenko himself initially framed it, along with the US which was supervising and maintaining overall control over the whole process which was cutting Russia geopolitically, militarily, economically and morally down in size and significance. There is a little doubt that all the key moves were vetted and had to be vetted by the US. On either side.
Thus the during the summer of 2014 Novorossiya uprising changed into a closely coordinated counterinsurgency war much with the help of the Kremlin advisors who took over the command and management of the republics and also with the help of the Minsk process that de facto and also de iure destroyed the original program of then uprising.
Simultaneously the Kremlin introduced in Donbass the notorious practice of putting hundreds and perhaps thousands of the original revolutionary militia commanders who were not assassinated and militia soldiers into the unofficial, lawless prisons dubbed in Donbass “podvaly”—the basements.
The war thus became a covert joint anti-communist, anti-Soviet and counterinsurgency operation. Putin was let to have Crimea as a temporary reward, cover and alibi to get the Russians believe he was a hero, while he sat back & let the militants and the most popular commanders of Donbass get killed off.
Putin and his regime also needed some alibi for "losing" Ukraine to the Banderite anti-Russian neo-fascists. And Crimea was, indeed, meant and used as a "victory" cover for Russia's new big defeat and disaster. In some way, it was also meant as a pre-emptive false revolution. The danger was, however, bringing the collusion of the Putin regime out into the open along with its subservience. Saker and other COINTELPRO disinformation groups were meant to feed this danger off by creating the fables about Putin, the genius, crushing the Empire with his new genius strategies and new genius plans--one almost for each single day.