even if true, the Russians don't want to be a divided nation like Koreans or Azeris or Kurds.
Like the Koreans and Azeris and Kurds they have no choice in the matter... there are groups of Russian living in many countries around the world with no interest in moving back and there is nothing Russia could do to change that.
Russia would not benefit from dragging these people back to Russia, nor would it benefit from invading all the countries with sizable Russian populations... that would just be stupid... no country on the planet could do that... no country would want to.
he's afraid to end up like a young python that died swallowing something too big; after he makes all preparations (underway now), "Ukraine will lose its statehood" regardless, as he said, since NATO won't guarantee to keep Ukraine on a short leash & yield to his demands regarding deployment of troops & weapons there.
He had the chance to take the Crimea and he took it... admittedly it was handed to him on a plate by the people of the Crimea who wanted to return to the Russian Federation, but the fact is that he acted and took the necessary steps to make it happen.
There have been no steps regarding the Donbass and Luganse regions, no doubt Russia has not blocked their access to some weapons and certain individuals have gone in there and helped their brothers against the evil US coup and the asset stripping of a once proud Soviet Republic, but they would be much better equipped if Russia was actually supporting them.
Direct support from the US and EU and HATO to the government death squads murdering Ukrainians in Ukraines east, personally if I was Putin I would offer direct military support to those freedom fighters fighting the nazis from the west... again... but it seems he is choosing not to get directly involved.
I don't need to visit, only to read from multiple sources to get a grasp of processes there.
Multiple sources from the same side of the propaganda mill... you might as well be getting you information from three reliable sources... the US State department, the BBC, and the government in Kiev... I am sure you will hear all sides of the situation with such a broad range of sources... NOT
most Ukr. military would desert/surrender or switch sides- only a few, if any, would start a guerilla war; most men of draft age leave their residencies to avoid service, as President Zelensky himself done a few years before being elected.
And what sort of percentage of nutters with military fire arms would it take to create a blood bath? 20%? 30%?
And what does Russia gain... a broken country that will need trillions to fix and will still complain that it was all Putins fault.
he was already a senator when boy Putin could walk under a table w/o lowering his head; he was elected despite Putin betting on Trump.
Putin knows the president of the US has no power and no control, it doesn't matter who gets voted in... they all do as they are told.
And Age has not saved Biden.... like previous US Presidents it is the same old cliche... we have you Mr Putin and we are going to put you in an easily escapable situation that is a long convoluted way of killing you that will take so long I wont bother to stay and watch you die so you can escape of course and end up saving the day.
Nice and slow and stupid so Russia can get stronger and add independence in specific areas at a time... it is almost like the 1% in the US want Russia and China to overthrow them...
he prepared to strike Georgia & did it after a provocation;
What are you talking about?
Medvedev was in charge when Georgia invaded South Ossetia and murdered VDV forces performing peacekeeping duties there...
the same with Crimea.
Russian forces were in there with permission... it was a naval base they leased from the Ukraine. For the rest of the region it was the Crimean people who took over and asked the Russians to join with them to keep the peace while they had a referendum and allowed the people to decide for themselves... Putin was in charge in Russia, but that was largely orchestrated in the Crimea... which of course from a moral standpoint it should... who else should decide their future?
The Syria campaign can also be viewed as such, since it prevented toppling of a friendly regime just south of Turkey, a long time rival & NATO member across the Black Sea.
Russia was invited to assist an ally against a terrorist threat that included quite a few nutters from Russia and eastern europe and also western europe, and Putin realised that if they won in Syria their next step would be to try to bring it home... to Russia and to eastern europe and to the west... something the west pretty much didn't consider till they started wanting to come home... how ironic is that... so instead of funding these nutters like the west did, Russia went to Syria to kill as many of these fruit loops as they could in Syria so they didn't have to deal with them wanting to do the same in Russia.
The Irony is that Russia negotiated with Turkey and Israel and now relations with Turkey are probably better for Russia than for the US.
Of course Israel is a snake that can never be trusted, and has bitten Russia a few times, but the poison has been removed and the wound cleaned up... the patient will be fine.
that excuse shouldn't fool any1. By analogy, if Japan/China started massing ships & troops opposite Kurils/Taiwan, it would be Russia's/Taiwan's & US with Japan business to question it & take measures.
That analogy is perfect.... Russia is strengthening its forces because the Ukraine is moving weapons and equipment and men closer to the Donbass in violation of agreements it has signed and there are western "volunteers" close to that border too... of course Russia is going to move its own forces on its own territory to be ready for any eventuality.
he also wasn't anti-Russia as his successors r now. Better to have ur own son of a bitch than the 1 installed by others.
He was not theirs by any stretch of the imagination... they are all sons of bitches but at least he had the interests of the Ukraine first and foremost, which is why he took the better offer, and the sellouts that came after him are selling the Ukraine... not to the highest bidder, but to anyone who will buy...
wrong: the locals in charge started decommunization & Ukrainianization to break with Russia irreversibly while looking good with their nationalists & EU/US so they could be admitted, as hoped, to the EU/NATO faster.
Then they are morons... the Baltic states still use Russian electricity and plenty of EU and HATO states use Russian weapons and equipment... breaking with Russia wont get you in to the EU or HATO faster...
Ask Turkey about getting in to the EU.
Donbass rebels in their DPR/LPR r cancer for Kiev regime;
Ironic because the Kiev regime is cancer for the Ukraine as a single country...
All they really have to do is drop the anti Russian language law and a few other laws and there would be no problems, but now it is too late.... too many people have been murdered in the cause of hate...
they r more valuable as his guard dogs & that's why Putin insists that he isn't a party to the conflict.
Guard dogs? Putin has a military force that would walk over the Ukraine in days, those soldiers in the Donbass and Lugansk would be better used working in fields and factories earning money improving their situation and their region economically...
That region will never be able to reintegrate back into Ukraine- the Minsk accords r just a smoke screen hiding the process of its disintegration, & with RF help.
Obviously a smoke screen because the west makes no effort to ensure Kiev makes any of the steps required by the Minsk accords, but you blame Putin anyway... what a surprise.
Russia was a party to the accords but is not a party to the conflict... Kiev wont even talk to the people they are bombing so of course there is no chance of a real resolution.
Russia may ask Belarus to "unite" with Ukraine, & as she is already in the Union State with her, problem is solved!
The Ukraine treats Belarus like it treats Russia, that wont happen.
The Ukraine is going to get weaker and weaker till the only (barely) functioning component will be the military and when it collapses the western parts will get absorbed by Poland... again... and the remains will likely have to choose autonomy or Poland... I doubt Russia wants them as they are.... they are not Russian, they are Ukrainian.
After 30-40 years of independence they will become like Finland perhaps.
Russia may also take that corridor in Lithuania separating her from Kaliningrad, if need be.
The nuclear power station in Kaliningrad will be ready in a few years so it can remain an island with independence in power and resources can be shipped to and from... no need for a land corridor.
it would be naïve to think that Russia will be happy with 2 more Russian speaking entities, besides the Ukraine itself, that is not fully integrated into the RF. Eventually, all of Ukraine except perhaps ethnic Polish, Hungarian & Romanian areas would be absorbed back.
What Russia wants is irrelevant, they accept countries wanting to join Russia, whose people see themselves as being Russian, but they don't invade and force integration... too much work and unlikely to succeed... and just too expensive to maintain the bribes of all the rich and powerful in those regions.
As I said before, Crimea & Donbass r only the beginning. Just like Poland was pivotal to the the defense of the Warsaw Pact, Ukraine & Belarus r now pivotal to the defense of European & Southern Russia.
Putin helped set up BRICSA... note there is no EU nor a US in BRICSA... Russia is in the process of rejecting the west and looking to the rest of the world for its own way forward... a way that does not include putting minorities of pedestals and following their every whim.
The west wants to put you in jail for calling a male a female because that female has decided today that they want to be male.
I don't want to sign up to that.
BTW I don't care if a woman wants to be a man or a neither... it is not my business, but if you don't want to be mistaken for the wrong thing then wear a sign or make it obvious, otherwise expect to have to explain it to everyone you talk to.
Why Putin can’t and won’t accept Ukraine sovereignty
It is the US that overthrew the government of the Ukraine, and the government of the ukraine that shells its own people... Putin has a lot less to do with this situation than those in the west like to make out because their answer and your answer is that it is all Putins fault because you are cowards and can't accept that the US government is evil. How many Ukrainians is it murdering on both sides to try to get a response from Putin?