**1. 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. No Russian tanks, fighter jets or missiles were used; there was no “shock and awe” invasion; not a single building was bombed; and not a single Crimean died!
**2. Crimea was not even truly a part of Ukraine. It was called the “Autonomous Republic of Crimea.”
**3. Putin did not “annex” Crimea. Crimea had a referendum and the people overwhelmingly (>95%) chose to go with Russia. The voter turnout was 83%. Russians didn’t go door to door and force Crimeans to vote!
**4. Why the Referendum was not “rigged”:
- More than 75% of Crimeans speak Russian as their native language. Obviously they would choose to be a part of Russia. (Not to mention the intense and openly anti-Russian racism in Ukraine).
- Even without the ethnic factor, to join Russia or Ukraine is similar to asking a region if they want to be a part of the U.S. or Mexico — Russia is a wealthier, stronger nation with global status.
- Nobody protested after or since the referendum. In fact, Crimeans called the outcome “going back home.”
**5. The historical link between Russia-Ukraine-Crimea is important
- Crimea has belonged to Russia for 200+ years (since 1783).
- Ukraine borders Russia, and Kiev was the birthplace of Russia more than 1000 years ago.
- Ukraine became a part of the Russian Empire in 1654.
- In 1954 – on the 300th anniversary of the reunification – Crimea was given as a gift and a token of friendship to Ukraine. Who did it? Khruschev, a Ukrainian by birth, who happened to be the leader of the USSR. Note that Ukraine didn’t pay for Crimea. Nobody in 1954 thought that the USSR would break up and one day Ukraine would really think that Crimea belonged to it.
** 6. Half of all Ukrainians speak Russian. The eastern half of Ukraine would glady get out and join Russia any time.
**7. 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 trade as well as for military operations.
**8. The US has 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. After the fall of the USSR, geopolitical strategist Brzezinski laid out the plan in his book, “The Grand Chessboard,” where he suggests that Ukraine should become a part of EU and NATO by 2010.
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 a simple and illegal coup d’etat. George Soros, John McCain, US Asst. Secretary Victoria Nuland, US 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). Then new unelected President and Prime Minister were hand-chosen by the West and installed as puppets. Does any reasonable person think it’s normal for US leaders to go to another country and participate in protests against their leader?
**10. The entire neocon project has been an abysmal failure. For three years, a civil war has been raging in Ukraine.
- Its debt-to-GDP ratio has doubled from 40% to 80%
- it’s industries are crumbling, pensions and social welfare have been deeply slashed
- Neo-Nazi groups are on the rise, and
- 80% of young people are desperate to leave the country.
- Basically, the country is ruined and has no future. Congrats to Neocons & warmongers.
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