I know that this is your opinion, which you're entitled to have ofc... but this rhetoric doesn't really help to solve the problem.
I say back to the facts. Back to the legal framework that was established after WWII for good reasons.
I get what you are saying, however there are some areas I don't agree with.
The problem with using that framework is it undermines every single claim made by Russia (then the Soviet Union). At the Potsdam conference, the big
3 planned out the rebuilding of Europe, which required the occupying nations to return government control back to the people.
While the west complied, the Soviet Union did not, resulting in he occupation of eastern Europe / Baltic states / central Asian countries for more
than 60 years.
When native peoples are forcibly removed from their land / homes and they are replaced with say Russians, exactly how does one weigh the validity of
the claims? Why should Russia / Putin be able to threaten nations simply because during the Soviet years Russians moved to those occupied nations?
This is what I'm referring to as well by sham referendums.
As an American, if I were to move to Canada or Britain and all of a sudden decided to gather up all the other Americans and decide to hold a
referendum to break away from Canada or Britain, demanding the land and special recognition, would it be valid?
The answer is no.
This is what occurred in Crimea, albeit the transition occurred under an armed military presence, which again adds another level of issues to the
overall situation. For those who want to try and make a difference between Russian military and Self defense force - save it. Had it not been for
German Hessians Great Britain might have lost the colonies earlier than they did. The fact those groups were German is irrelevant since they were
supported / paid for by the crown. A point people like to point out time and again with regards to the US and other foreign nations.
The facts are:
* - Ukraine was a sovereign nation before they were invaded by the Russians back in the 1700/1800's.
* - The Soviet Union handed Crimea to Ukraine in the 1950's.
* - The Soviet Union gave up all claims to Crimea at the fall of the Soviet Union.
* - Putin is homesick for the days of the Soviet Union.
The way to resolve the situation would be for Russia to immediately nullify their annexation, withdraw all military units, whether they are in uniform
or not in uniform. Russia should abide by their treaty stipulations with Ukraine about military units in the black sea / Crimea. Russia should
immediately withdraw all forces from the border of Ukraine (which includes East Ukraine, South Ukraine, in addition to Russian forces inside
Russia needs to stop complicating the situation by using the Ukraine constitution to support their position only to ignore it when it does not support
Russia needs to withdraw their provocateurs operating in the south and east Ukraine.
Russia needs to quit pushing a federation style government at Ukraine (Ironically the hypocrisy coming from Putin / Russia on that topic is hilarious,
and they are to ignorant to see it). I find it hypocritical for Russia to lecture Ukraine on what type of government would work best while
maintaining the bs position of it should be handled internally by Ukraine. Personally I think what they mean by that, handled internally by Ukraine,
is as long as Ukraine complies with Russias wishes, its coming from inside Ukraine. If Ukraine tells Russia to piss off, which they should, Russia
will run the other direction screaming how their "ethnic Germans.... err Russians" are in danger to justify another land grab.
Ukraine should not be forced to have to choose between the west / EU and Russia. As a sovereign nation they should be able to associate with whatever
country they choose, without any repercussions from any side.
Russia and the US need to stop carving up the globe into what nations are allowed to work with the west / Russia.
There is absolutely no reason Ukraine could not have had relations both both groups.
What I can tell you for sure is an armed invasion by Russia does nothing to resolve the situation. Making comments about restoring the former soviet
Union does not help the situation either. This is not the end of World War II, and there are fromer east bloc nations who will fight before being
returned to that style of occupation again.
I think Putin is making a huge miscalculation and its going to bite him in the ass, so bad in fact that his actions will leave absolutely no wiggle
room for him to have an escape option. He seems 100% committed to running his version of the "George Armstrong Custer" doctrine, making him extremely
When a person commits to an action and does not build in any contingencies on the off chance the plans fail, they are extremely dangerous. It means
they are 100% committed to their action, whether it succeeds or fails. It means they are willing to sacrifice everything to achieve the goal. In this
case Putin is gambling the lives of Russia Citizen's in an effort to restore the past that has already failed.
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