Vladimir Putin’s fears: how and when Ukraine will attack Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a “big press conference” at which the “Ukrainian question” was not avoided. UNIAN has collected the brightest “pearls” of this communication between the master of the Kremlin and the press.

On the eve of the seventeenth “big press conference” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, there were great suspicions that he would hold it from the bunker. But this time, the COVID-19 pandemic helped to provide a “warm bath” – under its pretext, the Kremlin reduced the number of journalists and, as a result, questions.

However, from year to year it is harder and harder to call the questions sharp (there are such questions, but there are very few of them). Moreover, for the first time in 13 years of work in Moscow, the only journalist from Ukraine, UNIAN special correspondent Roman Tsymbalyuk has not personally asked Putin his question for a long time.

“The Russian presidential administration initiated against me not just persecution, but a very real case, with a summons to the prosecutor’s office,” he said .

But the lack of an opportunity to demonstrate his democratic character and friendliness – they say, look, even the uncomfortable and arrogant Tsymbalyuk can ask questions – did not become an obstacle to the repeated discussion of the “Ukrainian question”.

In this topic, the monologue of the elderly Russian “tsar” can be conditionally divided into several blocks. All of them were accompanied by constant coughing. And, as the Russians themselves have long noticed (there is plenty of evidence on the Internet), this means that at this moment Vladimir Putin is either already lying or going to.

“Ukraine? There was no such country”Putin denies the existence of Ukraine / photo from UNIANPutin denies the existence of Ukraine / photo from UNIAN

Traditionally, the President of Russia did not deny himself the pleasure of doing for his population (probably with the hope that all 146 million there are totally illiterate, so that if not study, then at least read something from history, and even more so if textbooks are not in Russian) an excursion into history.

Mainly to tell again that a country like Ukraine did not exist at all: “Who created Ukraine? Lenin. When he created the Soviet Union … Ukraine] Donbass “.

This silent people, according to Putin, are of course Russians. Which Russia now protects and helps them in every way. Moreover, according to the Russian “tsar”, after the USSR ceased to exist, “part of the historical Russian territories, together with the population, ended up in Ukraine.”

Here, however, Vladimir Putin demonstrated his own ignorance. Well, the former head of the special services (during a press conference he himself boasted that he headed the FSB of the Russian Federation) cannot but know that even as of 2020, the main population of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are Ukrainians. 56.87% and 58% respectively. And the Russians, in addition to the fact that the nationality is not dominant in these territories (and was not even one 100 years ago), is not the only one – Belarusians, Tatars, Greeks, Armenians, Moldovans and others also live in Donbass.

On the other hand, if we admit that the President of the Russian Federation is openly lying, Russia will have no reason to “protect Russians” around the world.

Great liarPutin easily lies in the "Ukrainian question" / photo REUTERSPutin easily lies in the “Ukrainian question” / photo REUTERS

But Vladimir Putin often has to lie, especially on the “Ukrainian issue” (and no one will give guarantees that he will not lie in the same way at meetings with world leaders whom he openly envies).

So, arguing that earlier Russia could well cooperate even with the pro-Western Ukrainian authorities – Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, Putin noted: “And actions with regard to Crimea did not even occur to us!” There are two points worth making about this.

First, Putin says that Russia did not take any action on Crimea, this is all the expression of the will, then it is admitted that the Kremlin simply did not think about such actions for some time. Let us recall here separately – UNIAN has already written  about this – that in the history of the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, Vladimir Putin was repeatedly caught on a lie. At first, he convinced the whole world that the Russian special forces, who openly said on record that they were servicemen of the Russian army, were “local self-defense,” who bought the latest military special equipment and weapons in “any store”. But then he admitted that for the annexation of Crimea, Russia “conditions with the help of special formations and armed forces for the free expression of the will of the people of Crimea and Sevastopol” …

Second, Russia tried to chop off Crimea from Ukraine even before Yushchenko. According to the President of Ukraine in 1994-2004, Leonid Kuchma, even with the attempt to build a dam on Tuzla, it was a question of probing Ukraine for the weakness and depth of a possible retreat. “We realized this long before the then head of Putin’s administration, Voloshin, promised to drop a bomb on Tuzla, and newspaper headlines began to shout that“ there are less than a kilometer left before the war with Russia, ”Kuchma recalled in an interview.

According to him, after Ukraine transferred several hundred border guards to its territory and strengthened its defenses, the marines were put on alert on boats that ply in the Kerch Strait, and the military received an order – if the Russians violated the Ukrainian border, open fire on defeat, the Russians stopped. “We gained time, 10 years,” Kuchma recalled.

Another inconsistency is Putin’s reasoning about the events of 2014, which, according to him, completely spoiled Russia’s relations with Ukraine.

Thus, the President of the Russian Federation said that Yanukovych, at one time, agreed with the legitimate indignation of citizens, and “was ready to leave power,” and everyone (both the Ukrainian opposition and Ukraine’s western partners) “understood this very well.” “But in a day or two – a bloody coup! People were killed, burned! Why did they do this?” Putin exclaimed theatrically.

It is unlikely that the owner of the Kremlin has forgotten that people on the streets were killed on the orders of Viktor Yanukovych himself. Moreover, it was Vladimir Putin who helped the fugitive ex-president of Ukraine to evade responsibility for this. Or Yanukovych has not lived in Russia since those bloody events?

“After that, Crimea arose,” Putin bent his line at the “big press conference” on December 23. “How could we deny protection to the people who lived there?”

True, how those events took place at the beginning of 2014 cannot be hidden in the era of technology development. Everything is written down – with dates and eyewitness accounts.

Do the Russians want war?The theme of the war has become one of the key at Putin's press conference / Illustration REUTERSThe theme of the war has become one of the key at Putin’s press conference / Illustration REUTERS

A separate topic of Vladimir Putin’s “big press conference” was the topic of war. And, reasoning about this, the master of the Kremlin did not look at all like the leader of a country setting a geopolitical agenda.

Firstly, because his entire speech was permeated with a terrible resentment. Ukraine, vile, does not respect the agreement. If laws are being passed about Minsk, they are not like that: instead of power, pro-Russian gangs have military-administrative departments, instead of amnesty for murderers, selective lustration … And in general, Russians are being squeezed out – they have been declared not an indigenous people, the language is also banned.

“Twice the Ukrainian authorities made attempts to solve the crisis in Donbass by force. I twice persuaded Poroshenko not to do this. As a result – the encirclement, losses,” Putin complained to the Russians.

That is, according to his version, the bloody cauldrons in Donbass did not happen because Moscow pumped him with weapons “to the eyeballs” (and now in the Netherlands, the court decides the fate of those Russians who gave orders to line the Russian BUK on MN-17), not because that the Russian Federation itself is now dotted with thousands of graves of “volunteers” -Russians (not the inhabitants of Donbass are buried in Pskov, in fact?), but because Ukraine defended its land and its people. And it does not occur to Putin that Russia should simply get out of its penates from where it was not invited. But instead, he asks: “How do we react to this?”

“Now they tell us -“ war. ”The impression that they are preparing a third military operation, but we are warned:“ Do not interfere, or there will be sanctions. ”In this situation, there are two options. The first is to do something. The second is to wait for the appearance on this territory of anti-Russia, pumped up with modern weapons. How should Russia live with this? With an eye, how will it be and when they will fuck up? “, – said the President of the Russian Federation.

That is why, according to him, a dialogue began on the guarantees of Russian security.

“In general, we see a positive reaction. The United States is ready in the early days of the new year for the start of these talks in Geneva … We must understand how security will be ensured. He added offendedly that before Russia had been promised “not a single inch to the east, and they cheated, they just blatantly deceived – there were five waves of NATO expansion.”

Quite frankly, in this part of his press conference, Vladimir Putin looked simply pathetic. Not as the president of a country with a population of 146 million, but as a boy who was not allowed to take someone else’s shovel in the sandbox.

“In Romania and Poland, the corresponding weapons systems are emerging,” he continued. “The United States has come to the doorstep of our house! Are we putting missiles in Canada or Mexico? And didn’t the United States have territorial issues with Mexico? Who owned California? Texas? Everyone has forgotten. They only remember about Crimea … “.

Therefore, according to Putin, the West should stop talking about Russia and immediately give guarantees that strike weapons systems will not appear in Ukraine either within NATO or on a bilateral basis.

“This is concern about the growing threat from Ukraine. Do we threaten someone?” The master of the Kremlin asked.

By the way, in Putin’s eyes Ukraine is an absolutely demonic country. After all, the Ukrainian authorities in all seriousness allow field commanders to open fire in response to shelling! Moreover, people who want to cooperate with Russia are “declared terrorists”, “extrajudicial killings” are carried out, and sanctions against their citizens are carried out. “Zelensky came to power against the backdrop of the public’s request for peace, but fell under the influence of radical elements, as they are called,“ Natsiks, ”the President of the Russian Federation explained. Murders on the streets! And no one is looking for murderers! People were burned alive in Odessa. Did anyone lift a finger to find the criminals? … We have no chance. In Ukraine, they are destroying those who would like to build relationships with us. ” …

When asked if he didn’t think that after all that he sounded, there would be quite a few people in Ukraine spitting at him on the TV screen, the owner of the Kremlin replied: “There is complete poverty in Ukraine. they ask: “Why are you destroying us?” And they spit on the screen, looking at the representatives of the current regime. “

It is a pity that in his idea of ​​Ukraine there is no place for the understanding that Ukrainians are unlikely to spit in Russians. Rather, they will simply be shot at.

Tatiana Urbanskaya 

(C)UNIAN 2021

5 comments

  1. When asked if he didn’t think that after all that he sounded, there would be quite a few people in Ukraine spitting at him on the TV screen, the owner of the Kremlin replied: “There is complete poverty in Ukraine. they ask: “Why are you destroying us?” And they spit on the screen, looking at the representatives of the current regime. “

    What is he mumbling about?

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  2. By the way, in Putin’s eyes Ukraine is an absolutely demonic country. After all, the Ukrainian authorities in all seriousness allow field commanders to open fire in response to shelling! Moreover, people who want to cooperate with Russia are “declared terrorists”, “extrajudicial killings” are carried out, and sanctions against their citizens are carried out. “

    Ukrainians are now firing back on our shelling,. they are nazzies, according Putins mind.

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  3. “There is complete poverty in Ukraine. they ask: “Why are you destroying us?”

    The average Russian salary in 2020, $680. The average monthly salary in Ukraine in 2020, is $845. You were saying something about poverty Vlad? That is what all this tantrum is about, nothing to do with NATO, Ukraine invading Russia. It’s all about Ukraine starting to have a higher standard of living than the sheep. The sheep will notice this, and ask why this failed state of Ukraine, live better than we do.

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