It appears that Putin is anticipating the negotiations with the current government of Ukraine to fail.
After nationalist sentiments in Ukraine subside to the marginal level that is not going to spread beyond people’s homes, Russia, as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, will give “all peoples living on the territory of modern Ukraine an opportunity to freely, without being driven into the grip of Bandera psychology, determine their future fate.
The new government in Ukraine will then hold a number of referendums in all regions of the country, similarly to how it was done in DPR and LPR republics, but this is not going to happen in a year or two. It will most likely be possible when Russia rebuilds its economic ties with Ukraine.
This suggests that Russia plans on carrying on this offensive for as long as it takes.
“I once again appeal to the military personnel of the armed forces of Ukraine: do not allow neo-Nazis and Bandera supporters use your children, wives and elderly people as human shields!
Take power in your own hands! It appears that it will be easier for us to negotiate with you rather than with this gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis, who established themselves in Kiev and took the entire Ukrainian people hostage,” Putin said on February 25 at an urgent meeting with members of the Russian Security Council.