Just like the invasion of Georgia being well planned years in advance. For those who never knew or missed the news, here is a piece from 2014 implicating the Putin regime that shines light on the neo-Soviet Union’s imperialist ambitions in resurrecting its Russian Empire:
The conflict in Donbas cannot be resolved by negotiations.
A former advisor to Vladimir Putin, economist Andrei Illarionov, says that the conflict in Ukraine is in actual fact a war of Russia against Ukraine. As said by him, the Russian military command had been planning the conflict for at least 11 years, YLE informs with a reference to an Estonian newspaper Postimees.
At present the former advisor of the Russian president works as a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity in the US. Andrei Illarionov was an advisor to Putin in 2000 – 2005. In March 2014 in an interview to a Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet he warned that Putin would like to seize Finland as well. As said by him, Putin wants to restore the borders of the times of the Russian Empire.
Full article: Andrei Illarionov: Putin had been planning war against Ukraine for 11 years (Charter 97)