Opinion: What Putin gets wrong about Texas, and about Ukraine
Rebecca Adeline Johnston
Feb. 24, 2022
Updated: Feb. 24, 2022 6:55 p.m.
Texas comes up as a topic of discussion in the Kremlin more often than one might expect.
During a news conference in December, Russian President Vladimir Putin evoked the Lone Star State to defend his countrys annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Mexico and the U.S. never had territorial disputes? Who did California used to belong to? And Texas? Although few people question that Texas is part of the United States, Putin said that most countries still recognize Crimea as part of Ukraine.
This war is an escalation from Russias annexation of Crimea in 2014 and partial occupation of eastern Ukraine that it has maintained, though denied, ever since. After massing an estimated 190,000 troops around three sides of Ukraine, Putin moved to recognize Russian-backed separatist regions the Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples Republics and green-lit military action abroad. And now, Russia has brought a full-fledged war of aggression to the European continent.
One of Putins main justifications for military action should give us particular pause. In an hour-long speech recently, he made a factually inaccurate historical argument claiming that Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin invented Ukraine and that the country has no right to exist within its internationally recognized borders. Russian state media have aired maps of Ukraine cut into pieces that it labeled as gifts from Russian czars and Soviet rulers.
( Excellent sense of history, Putin clearly draws/twists relevance to suit his insanely nationalistic ambitions. )
It is worrisome because he seems crazy, as in paranoid and that is markedly different from him just being a terrible ruthless man.
blood and soil...
"You don't have a country without borders"
Perhaps humanity's oldest crime is the concept of "property". Who really owns what? And who is excluded from such ownership, and why? Delve deeply enough into that historical realm and you'll see every kind of genocide ever wrought.
Considering the ruble devaluation and the stock market crash there, Id imagine there are a bunch of unhappy Russians the oligarchs as well as families who dont want to send their kids to war.
So Putin has a few folks to reckon with.
Yet, he is deeply out of control, imho. I worry that is why Biden might be calculating sanctions with more caution? Putin has said some ominous language.
In 2014, Russia annexed the peninsula and established two federal subjects there, Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol, but the territories are still internationally recognized as being part of Ukraine.
The Territories of the Russian Federation 2019
edited by Europa Publications
Crimea is part of Ukraine. I realize, of course, that the world agrees that Crimea is part of Ukraine.
but it appears to me she is referring to a reference he has made acknowledging how other governments view the status of Crimea.
On edit, I wanted to add another link that has no paywall. In case you were interested.