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originally posted by: JeremySun
Ukraine was the breadbasket of the USSR. It could have became the most prosperous ex Soviet republic. Why didn't it? Why did it become backwater? Because its government was corrupt and not accountable to the people of Ukraine.
Russia became the most prosperous ex Soviet republic because it has an outstanding government with very little corruption that is accountable to the people of Russia.
originally posted by: Xcalibur254
a reply to: JeremySun
Putin is arguably the richest man on the planet. All that money didn't come from KGB and Russian President paychecks. And you want to claim that Ukraine is more corrupt than Russia? Ha!
A more powerful country has the right to liberate land and people from a less powerful country. A country is powerful because its government is just and for the people and capable. A country is not powerful because its government is corrupt and not for the people and not capable. Ukraine is very corrupt compared to Russia.
The U.S and European Union may want to save Crimeans from themselves. But the Crimeans are happy right where they are.
One year after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea, poll after poll shows that the locals there -- be they Ukrainians, ethnic Russians or Tatars are mostly all in agreement: life with Russia is better than life with Ukraine.