I quote from this link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/21/us-ukraine-crisis-kremlin-analysis-idUSBREA3K07W20140421, entitled:
Putin playing the long game over Russian kin in Ukraine
I quote from the above link this pass:
‘But one European diplomat expressed skepticism, saying the agreement was a feint by Moscow.
By showing it was prepared to talk, the diplomat said, the Kremlin relieved the diplomatic pressure that was building, and bought some time before further sanctions were imposed.
“Talks and compromises are just part of his (Putin’s) tactics,” said the diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity and stressed he was expressing his private opinion. “He wants to have Ukraine.”
Russia’s offer of compromise could widen differences inside the Western coalition assembled against the Kremlin, something that would only benefit the Kremlin.
There are already differences between the United States, which is hawkish on sanctions, and a more cautious Europe where many countries are determined to avoid a costly confrontation.’
So it is clear: Putin wants Ukraine. Another passage from the same link:
‘“Now the aim is Novorossiya,” Andrei Illarionov, a former economic advisor to Putin who is now a critic, wrote on his blog, setting out what he believes is the Kremlin’s thinking. “It is the historic mission of the Russian person.”’
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked to elaborate on what Putin had meant by his comments on “Novorossiya” and Tsarist-era borders, declined to comment.’