Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 at the same time that separatist fighting broke out in Eastern Ukraine, with clear Russian involvement, despite denying having stake in it. Mykhailo Pashkov states that Russia purposefully acted when Ukraine was unstable and unprepared to deal with hybrid warfare methods taken against them. He also believes Russia planned this out for a very long time, despite the appearance of chaos. Plus, many people in Crimea had a neutral opinion toward Russia and had little hard feelings toward them. Pashkov also states that the issues in Crimea can be resolved without Donbas being fixed.