Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the longtime ruler of Russia – we might as well just call him “Tsar” at this point, since he basically IS one – wrote a very long article recently in which he provided an extremely detailed historical analysis of the shared history, language, culture, blood, and faith of the Russian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian peoples. His objective in writing this article was very clear – he stated it openly. He wanted to show the millions of ethnic Russians currently living in Ukraine that their beloved Rodina has not forgotten them, and he wanted to leave the Ukrainians under absolutely no illusions about whether or not Russia is friend or foe to them. As he makes clear in his writing, Russians and Ukrainians are brothers and sisters, with a deep shared history and faith, and the people of Ukraine are not Russia’s enemies.
The government of Ukraine, on the other hand, has made its extreme hostility toward Russia very clear.
The article itself makes for excellent reading. Admittedly, it is a translation from Russian into English, which means that some of the style and clarity is undoubtedly lost. But one thing becomes instantly clear when you read it. The Neo-Tsar is a very well-read, very intelligent man who understands history and geopolitics to a level that few will ever attain.
I highly recommend that you take 30 minutes or so to sit down and read through this whole thing at least once. You will probably need to revisit various parts of it, because it is dense – packed full of historical references and ideas that you may have to go back and lookup elsewhere. But the article itself is full of red meat.
Common Origins of the Russian Peoples
Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians are all descendants of Ancient Rus, which was the largest state in Europe. Slavic and other tribes across the vast territory – from Ladoga, Novgorod, and Pskov to Kiev and Chernigov – were bound together by one language (which we now refer to as Old Russian), economic ties, the rule of the princes of the Rurik dynasty, and – after the baptism of Rus – the Orthodox faith. The spiritual choice made by St. Vladimir, who was both Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Kiev, still largely determines our affinity today.— Vladimir Putin, 2021
The Artificial Nature of the Ukrainian State
The incorporation of the western Russian lands into the single state was not merely the result of political and diplomatic decisions. It was underlain by the common faith, shared cultural traditions, and – I would like to emphasize it once again – language similarity. Thus, as early as the beginning of the 17th century, one of the hierarchs of the Uniate Church, Joseph Rutsky, communicated to Rome that people in Moscovia called Russians from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth their brothers, that their written language was absolutely identical, and differences in the vernacular were insignificant. He drew an analogy with the residents of Rome and Bergamo. These are, as we know, the center and the north of modern Italy.
Many centuries of fragmentation and living within different states naturally brought about regional language peculiarities, resulting in the emergence of dialects. The vernacular enriched the literary language. Ivan Kotlyarevsky, Grigory Skovoroda, and Taras Shevchenko played a huge role here. Their works are our common literary and cultural heritage. Taras Shevchenko wrote poetry in the Ukrainian language, and prose mainly in Russian. The books of Nikolay Gogol, a Russian patriot and native of Poltavshchyna, are written in Russian, bristling with Malorussian folk sayings and motifs. How can this heritage be divided between Russia and Ukraine? And why do it?— Vladimir Putin, 2021
The Catastrophic Birth of Modern Ukraine
When working on this article, I relied on open-source documents that contain well-known facts rather than on some secret records. The leaders of modern Ukraine and their external ”patrons“ prefer to overlook these facts. They do not miss a chance, however, both inside the country and abroad, to condemn ”the crimes of the Soviet regime,“ listing among them events with which neither the CPSU, nor the USSR, let alone modern Russia, have anything to do. At the same time, the Bolsheviks’ efforts to detach from Russia its historical territories are not considered a crime. And we know why: if they brought about the weakening of Russia, our ill-wishes are happy with that.
Of course, inside the USSR, borders between republics were never seen as state borders; they were nominal within a single country, which, while featuring all the attributes of a federation, was highly centralized – this, again, was secured by the CPSU’s leading role. But in 1991, all those territories, and, which is more important, people, found themselves abroad overnight, taken away, this time indeed, from their historical motherland.
What can be said to this? Things change: countries and communities are no exception. Of course, some part of a people in the process of its development, influenced by a number of reasons and historical circumstances, can become aware of itself as a separate nation at a certain moment. How should we treat that? There is only one answer: with respect!
You want to establish a state of your own: you are welcome! But what are the terms? I will recall the assessment given by one of the most prominent political figures of new Russia, first mayor of Saint Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak. As a legal expert who believed that every decision must be legitimate, in 1992, he shared the following opinion: the republics that were founders of the Union, having denounced the 1922 Union Treaty, must return to the boundaries they had had before joining the Soviet Union. All other territorial acquisitions are subject to discussion, negotiations, given that the ground has been revoked.— Vladimir Putin, 2021
Why Ukraine is a Failed State
Ukraine used to possess great potential, which included powerful infrastructure, gas transportation system, advanced shipbuilding, aviation, rocket and instrument engineering industries, as well as world-class scientific, design and engineering schools. Taking over this legacy and declaring independence, Ukrainian leaders promised that the Ukrainian economy would be one of the leading ones and the standard of living would be among the best in Europe.
Today, high-tech industrial giants that were once the pride of Ukraine and the entire Union, are sinking. Engineering output has dropped by 42 per cent over ten years. The scale of deindustrialization and overall economic degradation is visible in Ukraine’s electricity production, which has seen a nearly two-time decrease in 30 years. Finally, according to IMF reports, in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic broke out, Ukraine’s GDP per capita had been below USD 4 thousand. This is less than in the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Moldova, or unrecognized Kosovo. Nowadays, Ukraine is Europe’s poorest country.
In essence, Ukraine’s ruling circles decided to justify their country’s independence through the denial of its past, however, except for border issues. They began to mythologize and rewrite history, edit out everything that united us, and refer to the period when Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union as an occupation. The common tragedy of collectivization and famine of the early 1930s was portrayed as the genocide of the Ukrainian people.— Vladimir Putin, 2021
In His Own Words
For those of you who prefer to listen to the man himself speak – and I highly recommend that you do so, because he is a model of plain speaking and straight talk – here he is, discussing why Ukrainians and Russians are one people:
Quite aside from the rather weird choice of thumbnail image – or maybe that’s just my dirty mind at work, who knows – the explanation that the Neo-Tsar provides is very, very good.
The Eastern Crises
When you analyse his sentiments, it is difficult to find fault with them. However, the Neo-Tsar is being very cagey about a few things, and you have to do a little digging to figure out what those things are.
Specifically, President Putin spends a great deal of time discussing the Crimea crisis toward the end of the article. Essentially, Ukraine has not one, not two, but THREE separatist crises on its hands – Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk (or Lugansk, for the Russians – and since I am most familiar with Russia, I will use their pronunciation).
The interesting part involves the very different treatments offered by the Russians to the three different bits of Ukraine involved in the crises.
All three parts of “Ukraine” are actually very much Russian in nature, especially Crimea. From the Russian perspective, Sevastopol – which is key to their country’s access to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean – was always a Russian city, and they loaned the submarine base there to the Ukrainians. This territorial claim is, as far as I’m aware, quite valid.
In 2014, the Russian Army moved in to Crimea to support the activities and actions of the pro-Russian separatist forces in that area. The Russkies essentially annexed the region outright, and then held a referendum in which over 90% of the people of the region voted for integration with Russia. Since then, the Russians have put plans in place to help citizens of the region switch over to Russian passports and integrate fully into Russia itself – and good on them for doing so.
Essentially, Russia swallowed up Crimea whole, because it was absolutely in their interests to do so. Crimea is critical to Russia’s defence and trade.
But with Donetsk and Lugansk, on the other hand, the people of those regions voted somewhere in the region of 80-90% to join Russia, absent military occupations – and the Russian response was, effectively, “let’s wait and see”.
The Neo-Tsar’s Long Game
Why the disparate responses? Because the Crimea region is crucial to Russian interests – while the Donbass region is critical to Ukrainian ones.
Most people don’t realise that the Donbass contains something like 90% of Ukraine’s coal reserves – which are vital to the Ukrainian power grid and industrial sector. Furthermore, the Ukrainian economy – mismanaged for thirty years by corrupt politicians and oligarchs that make even the thieving Jews who destroyed Russia in the post-Soviet years look tame by comparison – depends heavily on revenue from transit fees generated by Russian gas sent through pipelines that cross overland through Ukraine’s borders into Europe.
Now that Nord Stream 2 is finally complete (though not yet operational), Russia can bypass Ukraine altogether – giving President Putin the ability to shut down the Ukrainian economy literally at will.
Think carefully upon what that means. The Neo-Tsar has played the long game, and played it very well indeed. He has guaranteed Russia’s economic and military security, while dealing a crippling blow to the interests of the one nation that the West can use to threaten Russia using military means.
The West can no longer station missiles and tanks along Russia’s literal border – if they try, Russia will simply shut down Ukraine’s economy. Meanhwhile, Russia can integrate the ethnic Russian peoples of Ukraine into its own territory. And the Ukrainians are caught between the jaws of a gin-trap – the slightest wrong move either way by their fool of a President, and the jaws snap shut, killing off their country.
This is realpolitik, played in a way that would make Bismarck green with envy. You have to admire the sheer skill and testicular fortitude of the man for acting the way he does.
The Ties that Bind Nations
Returning to the article itself, the Neo-Tsar displays a core understanding of the crucial elements that make up a nation. He highlights all five of them – shared history, language, faith, culture, and blood. The Russian people and the (Eastern) Ukrainian people are indeed essentially one and the same. Essentially, Russia can legitimately lay claim to practically any Ukrainian territory from Kharkiv eastwards.
In fact, if you were to visit the southwestern cities of Russia near the Ukrainian border – Voronezh, Belgorod, or Rostov-on-Don, for instance – you would find a significant portion of the inhabitants actually hail from Ukraine. The Russian people hold no particular animus against the Ukrainians – back before the idiotic Scamdemic lockdowns and assorted other stupidities, citizens of the two countries could cross over into each other’s territory visa-free (though there was a bit of a faff associated with travelling from Kiev to Moscow, you couldn’t do it directly and had to go via Minsk, due to geopolitical tensions).
The truth is that Russians and Ukrainians are essentially the same people, especially western Russians and eastern Ukrainians. They share all of the necessary qualities of a single nation. The Neo-Tsar recognises this, and correctly warns that the forces that seek to tear that nation apart are playing with real fire.
As the Neo-Tsar points out, those who have ripped apart the two peoples have done so with wanton disregard for the interests of the very people that they claim to help. This has not gone well, and will not end well. It is far beyond time for the Ukies and Russkies to put aside any perceived hatreds of each other, and reunite as a single people once more.
As for the bits of Ukraine that are not Russian – these are more correctly integrated into other countries, such as Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, and Romania. That is where those territories originally came from, after all.
Conclusion – Lead and Conquer
Nobody in his right mind would call Vladimir Putin a good or nice man. He is neither. The Neo-Tsar is a cold, calculating, ruthless Ur-Alpha, who will brook absolutely no challenges to his authority.
That does not mean that he is in any way ineffective or incapable as a leader. He is in fact wise and very, very skilled. The West disregards his sagacious advice with respect to the future of Ukraine and Russia at its own great peril. And if the Pharisatanists behind the globohomo suicide cult that now dominates the West continue to push for war with Russia, they will eventually find themselves embroiled in a real fight with a nation and a people that understand the true nature and art of war.
See, unlike most of the Western nations, the Russians have been fighting wars of survival for damned nearly A THOUSAND YEARS. They are not about to give up their Motherland anytime soon. Furthermore, the Russians view it as their sacred duty to look after and protect the other Russian peoples of Belarus and Ukraine. They rightly regard those nations as one with their own. Any Western interference will not be tolerated, which is precisely why Russia reacts swiftly and severely whenever its interests in either satellite nation are threatened.
Once again, the West underestimates VVP and Russia at its own great peril. We Men of the West should applaud Putin for his foresight, wisdom, and statesmanship – and we should seek to promote leaders within our own nations who espouse the same all-too-rare qualities.