by Marianna Mkrtchyan
Ukraine is experiencing collapse, almost all power institutions have lost legitimacy, Alexander Iskandaryan, Director of the Caucasus Institute, said at a press conference in Yerevan on Friday.
"The ongoing developments in the Crimea vividly demonstrate what is going on in all the regions of the country", he said. He added that the only positive element is the violence reduction.
Iskandaryan thinks that it is wrong to speak of a possible split of Ukraine, because it has already collapsed. In this context, the expert pointed out that if Ukraine manages to hold legitimate elections in the country, it will be a big achievement.
He believes that Russia has not yet made a choice regarding Ukraine, but its rhetoric is becoming more and more radical. "The Crimea is a bad pain in the neck of Ukraine, Russia and the West. All the parties would benefit from sooner settlement of the problem", he said.
Iskandaryan thinks that violence may flare up again because the population has plenty of weapons.