Bludgeon wrote:There is conjecture. Whatever Putin's intentions, there has to be an application. You haven't stated how you think Putin's supposed intentions are being put into action. What is it you are saying is happening?
Look what just happened in Crimea. Putin claimed there were no Russian troops involved in the revolution. At conclusion of operations, he concedes the obvious - Russian troops were behind the toppling.
Similar pattern occurring in Eastern Ukraine.
More explicit aggression today: Russia orders all Ukranian military personnel to leave Eastern Ukranine. This is defacto declaration of Russian sovereignty. They have the military assets massed on the border to make it stick.
The rest of New Russia to follow.
But who is attacking whom? How do you differentiate the revolution in Sloviansk and Donetsk from the one in Kiev?
Yanukovych was from the Party of Regions, Turchynov from the Batkivshchyna. Party of Regions aligned with Russia; Batkivshchyna pro Europe. Kiev is in Western Ukraine, Sloviansk is in Eastern Ukraine. If anything, these are simply looking like two opposing regions within a single state, each wanting and maybe deserving different cultural identities. Turchynov just got seventeen billion dollars today
. A lot of people would say that alone proves sufficient personal motivation. Point being, it's far from justified that western propagandists have sanctified the revolution in Kiev, and demonized the revolution in Eastern Ukraine.
Regardless of the separation from the Soviet Union, it's important that you understand that the relationship between Russia and even Western Ukraine is that of a kindred people. Kiev is often called "The First" Russian city - and basically it was. These kindred people weathered centuries of Mongolian domination sharing essentailly common languages and cultures.
To put it in perspective, look at the UK. Ireland and England have a much more acrimonious past than Russia and Ukraine. By comparison, Moscow and Kiev are sweethearts. In all reality, Russia and Ukraine belong together far more than Ireland and England. Eastern Ukraine belongs (and wants to be) in Russia; Eastern Ukraine neither belongs nor wants to be a part of Europe.
Furthermore, all the aggression is coming from Kiev; a city ruled by an unelected administration who has no legal authority over any part of Ukraine, least of all the east.
I see the east as simply standing up correctly against an unelected tyranny of impostors trying to steal away in the night with the keys to the kingdom. I think that's a very accurate description.
The Batkivshchyna are attacking; the west is threatening; Sloviansk, Donetsk, Russia, the East, is defending.