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Greater Slavia and The West’s war on Russia- part 2
Ukraine- A Historical Analysis
Poland and Ukraine have always had this bizarre alliance of convenience that in most cases consisted from Ukrainian Cossacks invading Poland and Poland trying to use Ukraine to take revenge on Russia.
Since about 1990 however, something intriguing has been
happening to Ukraine.
First and foremost, in its current form, Ukraine is a historical abomination. It’s comprised from lands that were traditionally Ukrainian, basically the middle part, a VERY large Russian minority on traditionally Russian lands and a bunch of western areas that it holds illegally.
Illegally? What’s that about?
Well, for that we need to go back in time. To 1940, when Hitler and Stalin decided that the best possible way to deal with the upcoming war was to make an alliance against their common enemies and, well, screw the small and powerless countries in between. This act was the Ribbentropp Molotov Pakt.
One of the countries in between was Romania, who found itself torn apart at the Vienna Diktat meeting, where the east of the country, which is now the Republic of Moldova and Bukovina, the area north of that, were basically given to the Soviets.
Romania also lost its north eastern part to Hungary and its south eastern part- the Cadrilater- to Bulgaria, both at the time Nazi allies.
Which incidentally so was Romania, if by alliance you mean “de facto occupation and destruction”.
The part of Moldova between the rivers Prut and Dniester
became the Soviet Republic of Moldova, today the Republic of Moldova. Except for the area just north of the mouth
of the Danube, which was taken from Moldova and made part of Ukraine’s Odessa
Oblast to give a “safe” soviet republic like Ukraine access and partial control
over the very important naval route into Central Europe that is the river Danube.
In the 20 years since, Crimea has enjoyed autonomy under the
guarantee of the Russian troops presence, which worked for them since the
majority of Crimeans are Russian ethnics.
But why were there Russian troops in Crimea? Because Russia had a military understanding with Ukraine that let them use the fortress-harbour of Sevastopol for their Black Sea military fleet.
The eastern and southern part of Ukraine as it stands
today, are part of something known as
Novorussia- new Russia. These lands are basically historical Russian lands,
with a majority Russian ethnic population. Odessa is a historically Russian
city at the Black Sea. The Eastern part of Ukraine, the areas in the basin of
River Donetsk are traditionally Russian especially in the heavy industrialised
centres like Harkov, renamed Kharkiv by the Ukrainians who are incredibly eager
to prove they aren’t Russian.
Russian is the lingua franca in that area and in the South,
areas who incidentally are also the richest and most industrialised in Ukraine
before the 2014 Coup. There are about
30% Russian ethnics in Ukraine, and most of the presidents who won fair
elections in Ukraine since 1991 are the ones who are supported by this very
large Russian minority.
The western parts of Ukraine are pretty poor because little investments were made in the local economy, and Ukraine is actually rather oppressive against minorities. The Romanian press is full of cases when Romanian ethnics in Bukovina were banned from teaching Romanian literature and history to their children, Romanian churches being demolished etc. Not under the Soviets, since 1991 onwards.
But until recently Ukraine left its sizeable Russian minority alone.
Why? Because Ukraine was heavily dependent on Russia for economic links and also for fuel, which Russia pretty much provided for them on vague promises of payment and well, Slavic solidarity. This double with the heavy corruption in Ukraine created a status quo ripe for political manipulation, and this is where unfriendly “allies” decided it was a good idea to come in and mess things up.
Now, there’s something that needs to be said about Ukrainian nationalism- namely that it has been used throughout history by various powers in order to use the Ukrainians against Russia.
This was the case with Ivan Mazepa in the 18th century, with Makhno in the 20’s, with the Nazis stirring up Ukrainian nationalism in the 30s and with the Poles and USA doing the same thing in 2014 and since.
To be continued.
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