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From the National Interest a report on claims made by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR.

The allegation may be intended as a signal that Russia seeking to lay the groundwork for a forced partition of Ukraine. Even if fabricated, the partition scheme sheds light on Russia’s priorities three months into the war; the claim could be interpreted as a trial balloon to see how the West would respond to an outcome that falls short of Russia’s core objective to achieve regime change in Ukraine, but still leaves the Kremlin with a significant chunk of Ukrainian territory to show for its costly military venture.

Source: Russia Warns of Plots to Partition Ukraine as War Grinds On | The National Interest