“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” – Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister. Every pundit and politician keeps repeating the mantra that Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea. However, like many big lies, this narrative quickly falls apart under objective scrutiny.
Putin did not “invade” Crimea in 2014. Russia has a naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, and thus it’s normal for Russian soldiers to be in Crimea.
Crimea wasn’t even truly a part of Ukraine. It was known as the “Autonomous Republic of Crimea” after the dissolution of the USSR.
Putin did not “annex” Crimea. Crimea had a referendum and the people overwhelmingly (>95%) chose to rejoin Russia.
Why the Referendum was not “rigged”: More than 75% of Crimeans speak Russian as their native language. Obviously they would choose to join Russia. Ethnic Russians in Crimea are also afraid of Ukrainian officials who fuel overt anti-Russian racism and xenophobia through bans on Russian TV stations, Russian social media, websites etc.
Nobody protested after or since the referendum. In fact, Crimeans called the outcome “going back home.” Also, in a recent poll in 2017, conducted by a German firm, 80% of Crimeans said they would vote to join Russia if they had to vote again (only 2.4% said they would vote differently).
Historical link between Russia-Ukraine-Crimea: It’s important to remember that Crimea has belonged to Russia for 200+ years (since 1783). In 1954, Russian leader Khrushchev – a Ukrainian by birth – transferred Crimea to Ukraine. He did it as a goodwill gesture to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Ukraine becoming a part of Russia. Nobody in Russia at that time could foresee the fall of the USSR.
As for Ukraine, it not only borders Russia, but was also the birthplace of Russia more than 1000 years ago.
Half of all Ukrainians speak Russian. The eastern half of Ukraine is predominantly made up of ethnic Russians and would gladly secede and join Russia any time. Thus when western media and politicians speak about “Ukrainians,” they are conveniently forgetting half the population.
Crimea’s Strategic Importance: Black Sea – where Crimea is located – is strategically important to Russia, since it’s the only gateway to the Mediterranean, Africa etc. Thus it’s important for shipping, oil/gas pipelines, as well as for military operations. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it would be suicidal for Russia to give up control of Black Sea and the strategic naval base in Crimea.
If Ukraine becomes a part of NATO, the US will place missile systems there, just 250 miles from Moscow. Moreover, Ukraine can start a war with Russia, and then US/EU will be obligated to join the fight. Hello, World War III.
Globalists Coveting Ukraine/Crimea: Going back 170 years, the British and the French attacked and stole Crimea from Russia.
The US has also been planning on “stealing” Ukraine from Russia for a long time. Right after WW II, the CIA allied with Nazi and guerrilla groups within Ukraine to stir up trouble for the USSR. For example, Declassified CIA documents reveal conspiratorial and propaganda efforts involved in “Project Aerodynamic”:
After the fall of the USSR, geopolitical strategist Brzezinski laid out the plan in his book, “The Grand Chessboard,” where he concludes that Ukraine should become a part of EU and NATO by 2010.
In 2004, when a pro-Russian leader won the election, Soros used his NGO machinery to ignite the Orange Revolution – which was really a bunch of losers whining about the election outcome. They forced a new election and the pro-US candidate won narrowly. This is how the deep state spreads democracy.
Neocons Staged a Coup in 2014: As Asst. Sec. of State Victoria Nuland admitted, since 1991, the US has spent more than $5 billion to lure Ukraine away from Russia. This was spent on propaganda, bribes, NGOs, recruitment of activists etc.
What happened in 2014 was an indisputable and illegal coup d’état. George Soros, John McCain, Neocons and EU leaders openly intervened in a sovereign nation’s democracy and manipulated the system.
Rather than waiting for a new election, western elites staged violent protests in Ukraine’s capital and simply overthrew the government. (Neo-Nazi groups such as Svoboda played a major role in the riots). A recent Italian documentary reveals how Georgian snipers were brought in to kill both the police and the protesters to incite mayhem. In the end, new unelected President and Prime Minister were hand-chosen by the West and installed as puppets.
Horrific Results: Just like they destroyed Libya and Syria in “humanitarian wars” and then moved on with no guilt, the Neocons have done the same in Ukraine. For three years, a civil war has been raging on in Ukraine.
Its debt-to-GDP ratio has doubled and close to 60% of the people live below the poverty line. Its industries are crumbling, and pensions/social welfare have been deeply slashed. Neo-Nazi groups are on the rise, and 80% of young people are desperate to leave the country. One group estimates that one in four prostitutes in Europe are now from Ukraine.
Basically, the country is ruined and has no future. Congrats to Neocons & warmongers who keep repeating like robots, “Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea.” Still bitter at Putin, the Pentagon has included $350 million of military aid to Ukraine for the coming fiscal year. More Ukrainians will keep dying for the globalist agenda.