Prolongation of special status for Donbass became possible as a result of firm position of Donetsk, Lugansk and Moscow. This opinion was expressed by the head of politic conjuncture Center Alexey Chesnakov.
‘The Verkhovna Rada prolonged law on Special Status under pressure of Donbass and Russia. It shows that opinion of Russia is crucial in framing of destiny of Donbas. No one in Kiev wanted to provide special status for Donbass.