In the last few days, I’ve received several comments that question deep underlying assumptions about
- how I conceive of Crimea before and after 2014
- how I conceive of Russia’s role in the 2014 Ukrainian crisis and the roots of this crisis
My policy has been to allow these comments through the moderation process, to uphold freedom of speech. My policy is also to rebuff these comments to further prove my point. So, no matter what comment is posted (within abusive reason) I’m not going to moderate it out, but I will argue my point.
And in response to the idea that Crimea’s annexation and the Donbas conflict, as this is about “a centuries-long cultural problem between Great Russia […] and Little Russia, Ukraine, the borderland countryside” you just have to look at Putin’s state of the nation speech from 4 December 2014.
Here Putin outlined perfectly the double-speak of the Kremlin: that Russia respects Ukraine’s sovereignty now just as much as ever and yet, just as it does all the “other brotherly republics of the former Soviet Union”. And yet, Russia’s incursion in Crimea and the Donbas proves exactly the opposite. Russia wants a Ukraine that goes its way, redolent of Brezhnev’s doctrine of 1968 justifying intervention in Prague to save the Soviet Union’s Communist brother from itself.