In the wake of the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazism, when Putin presided over the celebration without even touching the Nazi rule in Ukraine, the West has founded a source of its new optimism in the public statements of Tzarev and Kofman and in the quiet reported deactivation of the "Parliament of Novorossiya" curated and headed by the same Tzarev, the last anti-Maidan vestige of the Party of Regions.
The Czech media's reports on the abandonment of the idea of Novorossiya made on the same day when Mozgovoy was killed were based on statements and talking heads such as this: "Oleg Tsarev, leader of the ‘parliament’ that ostensibly united the eastern Ukraine separatist entities, the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR), announced the project was now on hold. The reason Tsarev gave was that Novorossiya was incompatible with the Minsk II Accords, the principles agreed by the ‘Normandy Four’ — French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin ...." The Washington Post article and the social research by US leading geopolitical professors does grudgingly acknowledge that, in Kharkov and Odessa, Novorossiya does have "potentially significant support" among the people even if questioned by pro-Kiev and pro-West researchers and despite Tzarev's pro-Minsk explication of the politically correct line embraced by the Kremlin. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/05/25/what-people-in-southeast-ukraine-really-think-of-novorossiya/
Much of this is based on a May 20, 2015 article from gazeta.ru, a pro-liberal Russian news outlet, which, in addition to the anti-Novorossiya statement by Tzarev and Donetsk Republic Minister of Foreign Affairs Kofman, evidently also relies on an interview of Boroday whose name is omitted, but whose authorship comes through his calling of Novorossiya as a "false start," which is a term Boroday used in his notorious interview with liberal presstitute and socialite Ksenia Sobchak on the private, anti-Putin TV channel Dozhd (Rain).
Apparently referring to Boroday, a Kremlin key political technologist in Donetsk before Strelkov's arrival there in early July of the last year from Slavyansk, gazeta.rus writes: "According to the words of our source [which I take to be Boroday], after the Minsk Agreements, Novorossiya ceased to be necessary and ceased to exist as a symbol in the eyes of the [Russian] authorities. An opposite task appeared--to integrate the DPR and the LPR back into Ukraine and not to increase the territory controlled by the separatists [note the use of the terminology used by Kiev and the West]. Accordingly, Tzarev [the 'parliament of Novorossiya,' which he controlled and made irrelevant] and everything that is associated with him [or Novorosssiya] turned out to be unwanted." "По словам источника, после сентябрьских минских соглашений Новороссия как символ перестала быть нужной в глазах властей. Появилась обратная задача — интегрировать ДНР и ЛНР в состав Украины, а не увеличивать территорию, подконтрольную сепаратистам. «Соответственно, Царев и все, что с ним связано, оказалось невостребованным»."
According to gazeta.ru, the start of measured turning down of Novorossiya began in August of 2014, that is, when Moscow succeeded in removing Strelkov from command and from Donbass.
On Kofman's statement that "Novorossiya is dead" see, for example, also here: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/novorossiya-dead/ri7409: "DNR foreign minister Alexander Kofman has confirmed that the Novorossiya “project” has been indefinitely suspended." http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/novorossiya-dead/ri7409