Putin announced: Ukraine does not need Donbass

The West is trying to turn Ukraine into a kind of antipode to Russia for its own benefit, but Moscow will never accept that. Ukraine’s true independence is possible only in partnership with Russia. And Ukraine does not need Donbass, including because its people will never accept the order imposed by force.

These are advocated by President Vladimir Putin in an article entitled “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians,” published on the Kremlin’s website.

In the article, Putin recalls several centuries of common history of Russians and Ukrainians and defends the theory that this is one nation.

The president accuses Kiev of turning Russophobia into his state policy, for which he was involved by the West. Against this background, the people of Donbass “grabbed weapons to protect their home, language, their lives,” Putin wrote, stressing that “Russia has done everything to stop the fratricide.”

“Long before 2014, the United States and EU countries tried to force Kiev to suspend economic cooperation with Moscow, step by step putting Ukraine in a dangerous geopolitical game aimed at turning Ukraine into a barrier between Europe and Russia, a springboard against Russia. “Putin said, calling the concept” anti-Russia. “

Shoigu ordered the military to study Putin’s article about Ukraine

According to RBC sources in the Ministry of Defense, the president’s article was included in the list of mandatory topics for military-political training “due to the large number of responses in the military environment.”

Vladimir Putin’s article “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” by the direction of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is included as one of the mandatory topics for military-political training sessions with servicemen. This was reported to RBC by a source in the military department. A source in the main military-political department of the Ministry of Defense confirmed this information to RBC.

According to the interlocutor of RBC, “due to the large number of servicemen in the Russian army and navy who have Ukrainian roots, parents or relatives in Ukraine, the president’s article has caused a great positive response and discussion in the military environment.” At the same time, the key thesis about the unity of the Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian peoples “is shared by all Russian military personnel,” he added.

Taking into account such attention to the article, it was decided to include it in the list of subjects of military-political training that must be studied. According to the interlocutor of RBC, there is a need for a more detailed study of the historical facts given in the article.

The article “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” was published on the Kremlin’s website on July 12. In it, the President called the wall that has emerged in recent years between Russia and Ukraine, which are parts of the same historical and spiritual space, as a tragedy.

The President noted that modern Ukraine “was largely created at the expense of historical Russia.” In support of his words, he suggested comparing “which lands were reunited with the Russian state in the 17th century and with which territories the Ukrainian SSR left the Soviet Union.”

“Spiritual, human, civilizational ties” of Russians and Ukrainians have been formed over the centuries, go back to the same sources, tempered by common trials, achievements and victories, and the kinship of the two peoples – in the hearts and memory of those who live in modern Russia and Ukraine, in blood kinship, “Putin wrote.

Later, the president admitted that he had been thinking about this article for several months. According to him, it has been published right now, because “conditions are emerging that are qualitatively changing in comparison with what was quite recently”. Putin added that in Ukraine, millions of people want to restore relations with Russia, but in this country they do not give a chance to people who are ready to pursue this course.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, commenting on Putin’s article, said that the head of the Russian state “apparently spent a lot of time on it and used a lot of archival materials.” According to him, he could discuss it in person and “provide the Russian president with a wealth of material that could be useful for the next article.”