"According to calculations, Russia will leave Donbas in 2018... The only thing is that, in our opinion, this process was slightly delayed by the blockade [of Donbas]," he told Ukraine's Channel 5.
Hrymchak said that Ukraine's budget had not received a lot of money due to the blockade: "We had GDP growth of 2.3% in the first quarter, and the forecast was 4%. We lost 1.5% due to the blockade."
He also added: "There are suspicions that the last battle for Ukraine will probably happen in November, when [Russia] will try to use all that it has to destabilize the situation in Ukraine so as not to leave [Donbas]."