In many places throughout the world Vladimir Putin is seen as a patron of conservative values. At present a civil war is going on in the US. Conservatives call liberals "liberal fascists", while liberals call conservatives "white supremacists" and "racists." Russia takes an indirect part in this civil war. 75 millions Trump voters are bullied, treated as unnecessary people, supremacists, and fascists. As the country of conservative views, Russia can become a model for part of Trump voters. Russia will make them not feel alone.
Due to intimidation and political pressure, Ukrainians keep quiet. However, if political repressions are relaxed, it will turn out that Odesa did not forget anything and that Kharkiv is a Russian city.
A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Russian world/civilisation and Ukrainian disintegration. Kharkiv is a major cultural, educational, and industrial centre of Ukraine, the second-largest Ukrainian city. It was the first capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, from December 1919 to January 1934, after which the capital relocated to Kyiv.
Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU -with the notable exception of Russia. Its borders are guaranteed by international agreements but were de facto violated by Russia in 2014. Contrary to the claim about political repressions in Ukraine and alleged intimidation to speak out, Ukraine does much better than Russia in global rankings of democratic freedoms and press freedom.
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