Alexander Zhuchkovsky, a known Russian fighter and volunteer who supports separatists in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, acknowledged that without the help of Russia, the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine would not last a week against Ukrainian forces. He also said that in the Donbas, the war against the Armed Forces of Ukraine is in fact being fought by the Russian Federation. He wrote this on his page on the VKontakte social network.
“Some comrades resent and protest when I write about the ‘militia’ and not ‘army’ of the DPR. As if it were something offensive. They behave like the ten-year-olds who are offended when they are called children. Our Armed Forces are not the classic, full-fledged army for the same reason that the DPR itself is not a full-fledged state. I am myself a great patriot of the DPR and our Armed Forces, but we need to think straight. It's clear for absolutely anyone that we are on our own; without the help of Russia we will not last even a week against the AFU [Ukrainian Armed Forces] if they throw all their forces to capture the LDPR [Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics]. Not because we are somehow worse (we are better), but simply because ‘the strengths are incomparable’,” Zhuchkovsky wrote.
He added that areas with extremely limited resources cannot fight against the whole state.
“Several areas (with extremely limited human and material resources) cannot successfully fight and win the battle against the whole state and an entire army (which are morally and materially supported by the major powers of the world). So let's adequately assess our own strengths and capabilities. Their overestimation is very harmful,” he wrote on his page on the Vkontakte social network.