Ayatollah Khomeini warned Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last leader, that Russia, after its liberation from godless atheistic communism, should not fall into the trap of Western liberalism, a decadent, materialistic, hedonistic and perverse civilisation. Gorbachev did not heed Khomeini’s warning and Russia fell into the trap of liberalism. Russia would have died in this trap had it not been for Vladimir Putin, who saved everything in Russia that could still be saved.
There is no Ukraine but “Ukrainianism”, a specific disorder of the mind. Surprisingly, the passion for ethnography is brought to extreme degrees. Such a bloody local history. Muddle instead of the state. There are Borscht, [Stepan] Bandera, there is the bandura. But there is no nation. There is a brochure “Independent Ukraine”, but there is no Ukraine. The only question is, has Ukraine already gone, or has it not yet emerged?
Ukraine has not yet emerged. But over time, it will appear. Ukrainians are stubborn guys, they will carry it out. However, what kind of Ukraine will it be, in what borders will it exist, and even, maybe, how many Ukraines there will be is an open question. And one way or another, Russia will have to participate in resolving these issues.
Relations with Ukraine were never simple, even when Ukraine was part of Russia. Ukraine has always been troublesome for the imperial and Soviet bureaucracy. Coercion by force to fraternal relations is the only method that has historically proven effective in the Ukrainian direction.
Recurrent Russian propaganda statement on Ukraine, which "does not exist". Ukraine is a well-defined nation-state which preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods. It is a sovereign State whose borders are guaranteed by international agreements, de facto violated by Russia, which started a war in Ukraine.
The "all-Russian nation"narrative is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology aimed at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians.
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