Russian Communist Party leader Zyuganov said Putin would announce an important decision on Donbass on February 20.
The Duma on Tuesday backed a resolution calling for diplomatic recognition of the pro-Russian Donbass in eastern Ukraine. Presumably, it will be whether or not Putin supports this decision.
Zyuganov is not an ally of Putin but he ran for president 4 times, including a controversial defeat to Yeltsin. However, he pleaded for the annexation of Donbass.