Putin The Great? Putin's Strange Justification For Ukraine Invasion
Speaking to a group of Russian entrepreneurs at a town hall-style meeting in Moscow, an event celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of Russian czar Peter the Great, Russian President Vladimir Putin likened himself to the czar, while trying to justify his invasion of Ukraine. His remarks to the group certainly give the impression that his goals don’t stop at the Donbas. Peter the Great was the first czar of Russia, ascending to the throne in 1682. But the drawing of parallels to the invasion of Ukraine, also speaks volumes about Putin wanting to return to his halcyon days of the Soviet Union.
“Yes, there have been times in our country’s history when we have been forced to retreat, but only to regain our strength and move forward,” he said. A Return of Russian Territory or Seizure of Other’s Territory? Putin then hinted that Russia isn’t done with expanding into territories that he claims are Russian. However, Mykhailo Podolya, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said in a post on Twitter that Putin’s words and Russia’s actions aren’t about returning Russian territory but an imperialist invasion.
“Putin’s confession of land seizures and comparing himself with Peter the Great prove: there was no ‘conflict’ behind Russia’, only the country’s bloody seizure under contrived pretexts of people’s genocide. Putin has frequently put forth the false assertion that Ukraine isn’t a legitimate country but one created by the former Soviet Union. “This process began practically immediately after the 1917 revolution, and moreover Lenin and his associates did it in the sloppiest way in relation to Russia — by dividing, tearing from her pieces of her own historical territory. Putin’s claim was was the justification for his “special military operation” and not an invasion of another country’s sovereignty.
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