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On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians | Analysis by Maria Domańska (OSW} in Warsaw |

Russia views the existence of the Ukrainian nation "with respect". However, present-day Ukraine owes its territorial form to the Soviet period. It benefitted from "regaining" ancient Russian lands at the expense of Poland, Romania and Czechoslovakia, and obtained territories which had been taken away from "historical Russia". Consequently, if Ukraine is determined to severe  its friendly relations with Russia, i.e. the USSR's heir, it should return to its 1922 borders. Putin also took the opportunity to criticise the policy pursued by the Bolsheviks; he accused them of "robbing" Russia of the territories that were awarded to Ukraine.

-        Russia did a great deal to help the Ukrainian state thrive post-1991; Putin mentioned the significant economic assistance Russia offered to Kyiv. The rupture of the ties between the two countries has resulted in Ukraine's economic degradation: at present Ukraine is "Europe's poorest country". The anti-Russian Ukrainian authorities have "wasted and frittered away the achievements of many generations", even while the two nations still have "great affection" for each other.

-        Putin also offered harsh criticism of the policies pursued by the authorities in Kyiv, both towards Russia and domestically, and of the local oligarchs who plunder the Ukrainian state. Ukraine is affected by a persistent weakness of its state institutions and has become "a willing hostage to someone else's geopolitical will". In addition, Putin accused Kyiv of mythologising and rewriting history - a routine allegation against those neighbouring states which  work to debunk Russian historical propaganda.  In Putin's words, "the common tragedy of collectivisation" back in the 1930s is falsely presented as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. As he pointed out, the Ukrainian elites wrongfully base  the country's independence on a denial of its past. However, at the same time they  "conveniently" leave  out the aforementioned issue of the contemporary state's borders.

Worthy analysis quite a difference with war hawk Anne Applebaum.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 08:22:17 PM EST
Anne Sikorski-Applebaum the Raving War Lunatic | by Oui - Aug 30, 2014 |

A far more serious person, the dissident Russian analyst Andrei Piontkovsky, has recently published an article arguing, along lines that echo Zhirinovsky's threats, that Putin really is weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes -- perhaps against one of the Baltic capitals, perhaps a Polish city -- to prove that NATO is a hollow, meaningless entity that won't dare strike back for fear of a greater catastrophe.

Putin and Limited Nuclear Strikes

Indeed, in military exercises in 2009 and 2013, the Russian army openly "practiced" a nuclear attack on Warsaw.

Is all of this nothing more than the raving of lunatics?

But Stalin kept to his word and carried out the threats, not because he was crazy but because he followed his own logic to its ultimate conclusions with such intense dedication -- and because nobody stopped him. Right now, nobody is able to stop Putin, either.

From the year 2007 forward, the neocon think tanks and especially the NATO Atlantic Council were on a war footing opposing any dialogue with Russia. In clear wording by Ivo Daalder and John Kerry we'll make Russia a pariah state. The foolhardy attempts of Russophobia sometimes fall flat ... but the propaganda tactics just repeating the lies until it sinks in by the subconscious and distracted population. No debate, just repeating disinformation.

For NATO and Russia, a Wary Dialogue | CFR - Aug 2016 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 08:24:46 PM EST
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For over a decade I have been consistent and warned of sliding towards fascism in the West. Max Blumenthal Dissects Poorly Researched WaPo Article About PropOrNot

Debunked PropOrNot inside a day after publication in renowned Washington Post, a "quality" paper.

    A shady website that claims "Russia is Manipulating US Opinion Through Online Propaganda" has compiled a list of websites its anonymous authors accuse of pushing fake news and Russian propaganda.

Washington Post Distances Itself From Anti-Russian Propaganda Group That Called Out Fake News Peddlers | The Wrap |

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 16th, 2022 at 08:25:45 PM EST
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