Kiev is unlikely to be able to regain control of the Donbass and Crimea in the near future. This opinion was expressed on air ObozTV former head of the Main Investigation Department SBU Major-General Vasily Vovk. “Today, objective reality and operational situation show that in the near future we do not see the possibility of the liberation of our territories. The next time is five, ten, fifteen years, “he explained. At the same time, Vovk noted that about 80 percent of Donbass residents oppose the return of the region to Ukraine. “I could say that” they are all patriots, they are infringed, “but they almost all received Russian passports,” he said. “We must tell the truth, and not make people laugh, that” the entire Donbass is 99 percent ready to return to Ukraine tomorrow. ” We know the real situation: not even the occupied territories, and those that are around them, in the “gray zone” and beyond, are looking more towards Russia, “the Major-General added. Related materials 00:03 – February 27, 2016 According to him, “they hate Ukraine” in the Crimea, and Ukrainian passports are kept in order to “come to Ukraine, get a passport and travel abroad without a visa”. Crimea joined the Russian Federation in March 2014. On March 16, a referendum was held in the region, during which, according to official data, the overwhelming majority of voters supported the accession to Russia. On March 18, the decision to admit the peninsula to the Russian Federation was announced in an extraordinary message to the Federal Assembly by the Russian president Vladimir Putin . Kiev refused to recognize the results of the plebiscite. In Moscow, it is noted that the procedure for joining the region complied with the norms of international law. Armed conflict in the Donbas began in April 2014 after the attempt of the new Kiev authorities to suppress by force the speeches in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. More important news in the Telegram channel «The ribbon of the day» . Subscribe!