Putin"s informal advisor says about use of «some forces» against Ukraine

Russian political analyst, who calls himself an advisor of Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russian military could invade Ukraine, according to the report in The Daily Beast, an American online news magazine.

According to the article's author, Markov said the Ukraine's National Security and Defense Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov's statement on full-scale war could be realized.

"Some Russian forces might get involved to help out the army of Novorossia, in case Ukrainian forces re-arm and advance," Markov said.

Also,"he admitted without going into details that “at least twice, in August and September, some Russian military were on Ukrainian soil.”"

Markov works as a vice rector at the Plekhanov Russian University and sees his mission as the Kremlin's consultant.

"I pass my advice through Naryshkin (Sergei Naryshkin is a Speaker the Russian State Duma - ed)."

Markov stated some of his advice was not put into action."I was against recognizing Kyiv's elections; but we did recognize them and it was a mistake," he said.

"Advisor" also shared a previous Moscow's plan to expand the territory of so-called "Novorossia" after winning the war in the Donbas conflict region, and further offensives on Mykolayiv, Kharkiv, Odesa. Markov admitted he changed his tactics: "About a month and a half ago, I advised that instead of Novorossia, we should promote integration of the Donbas regions back into Ukraine."

"Since last November, President Putin has not pronounced the word Novorossia," the report said.

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