Putin sent the Russian army to Ukraine

Of Fabrizio Dragosei

The Russian president, after recognizing the independence republics of Donbass, ordered his army to enter their territory on the evening of Monday 21 February to ensure peace

The Russian president Vladimir Putinafter recognized the independence of the Donbass separatists
on the evening of Monday, February 21, ordered his army to enter the Pro-Russian separatist republics of Lugansk and Donetsk for the maintenance of peace. With this decision, in fact, Russia has decided sending his troops into Ukrainian territory: a move the West has been trying for weeks to avoid. (Here the latest news, live).

The United States, the European Union and Great Britain condemned Russia’s decision and announced sanctions
: a first order of measures will be announced today.

A meeting of the UN Security Council was held overnight: We remain open to diplomacy, said the Russian ambassador to the United Nations. We are committed to the diplomatic path but we are on our land, we are not afraid of anything or anyone. We will not give anything away to anyone, replied the Ukrainian emperor to the UN. China – in a very important speech – asked all interested parties to exercise restraint: all countries should resolve disputes by peaceful means in line with the UN charter.

It is not clear whether the Moscow troops will limit themselves to entering the territories actually controlled by the two self-proclaimed republics, or will try to conquer those that the republics themselves claim are rightfully theirs, namely the entire Donbass region: in this second case we would find ourselves in front of a large-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Below, the chronicle of Fabrizio Dragosei.

On live TV Putin announced last night the recognition of the independence of the two separatist republics of Lugansk and Donetsk. Immediately afterwards he signed the relative decree together with two collaboration treaties, including military ones, and during the night the first Russian armored vehicles entered Donetsk. Formally as peacekeepers (even on buses painted white like the vehicles sent by the UN to war zones). And this is because the Russian intervention is explicitly foreseen in the decree. Irreversible steps that seem to close the door to the mediation attempts initiated by the main European leaders, Macron, Scholz and Draghi himself. With Ukraine, a country of which the Russian president has denied the historical legitimacy as a state entity, there is no longer any dialogue.

Not yet war but almost. If Kiev reacts in the least to the Kremlin’s decision, more than one hundred and fifty thousand men equipped with the most modern war systems they are ready to make their full impact force felt, well beyond the Donbass. In any case, it is not excluded that new real or presumed incidents on the front line between Donbass separatists and regulars may give the lord of the Kremlin the excuse to advance his troops beyond the demarcation lines of the two republics.

The conditions had already been created. After weeks in which the Kremlin had continued to deny any intention to launch an attack on its units, the attitude had changed drastically in recent days. Putin and his have begun to insist on the imminence of a Ukrainian invasion of the two republics, with the prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe. Even if Ukrainian President Zelensky flatly denied this possibility (and not even a madman would move his weak forces having the mighty units of the Russian army on the border), the narrative of the Kremlin and all the directly or indirectly controlled media served to legitimize a violent and destructive counter-move by Moscow.

Women and children

Without the objective situation requiring it at all, the evacuation of women and children from Lugansk and Donetsk was decided in addition to the general mobilization. But only a few tens of thousands of people left; a large part of the Russian-speaking population of the area did not move and there seems to be further proof that it was a propaganda initiative. The intervention would be justified both by the request for help from the two sovereign states formally allied thanks to yesterday’s treaty, and by the desire to protect hundreds of thousands of Russians (more than eight hundred thousand Moscow passports have been distributed) exposed to the violence of the Ukrainian army and the voluntary militias who for months have been portrayed as direct heirs of those groups that in 1941 supported the advance into Soviet territory of Hitler’s troops. TV and newspapers brutally reproduce the same scenario: Zelensky’s Nazis ready to pounce on the innocent Russians of the Donbass.

Russia under fire

To justify yesterday’s decision, Putin spoke for almost an hour, arguing that, in practice, the Ukrainian state is a fiction. The Donbass was practically forcibly annexed to Ukraine by Lenin’s collaborators, he said. A history lesson aimed at reaffirming the centrality of Russia and remembering all the wrongs suffered over the years. Starting with the peace signed after the 1917 revolution, at the origin of many of the current distortions. Then the end of the USSR and the absurd dismemberment of the USSR, the direct heir of imperial Russia. Over the past thirty years, Ukraine has survived thanks to the help of its brother country, with subsidized energy prices and more: up to 2013, subsidies of 250 billion dollars.

And today the country would be nothing more than an entity at the service of the Americans, led by rulers who have only thought about getting rich. from Ukraine that NATO could attack Russia in the near future, on the basis of the American doctrine which justifies the use of the so-called first strike (ie attacking first). From Kharkiv, NATO missiles could reach Moscow in seven minutes. With hypersonic vectors in four. The whole of European Russia would be under fire.

Putin assumes that the West will end up applying new heavy sanctions, but he makes it clear that his country will be able to move forward anyway and that it will react with adequate countermeasures. He then claimed that the previous sanctions had been passed for no reason whatsoever, as if the West had not responded to the unilateral annexation of Crimea and other Moscow initiatives.

Before the announcement, the session of the Security Council had been fully broadcast on TV during which all of his students, as schoolchildren, had approved the idea of ​​recognizing the independence of the republics. The diplomat Lavrov, the heads of the secret services, the defense minister. Everyone agrees. Interior manager Kolokoltsev went so far as to suggest that the two republics should expand to include all the territory that is administratively part of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions. Which would mean that Russian troops would assist the rebels in conquering large areas now controlled by Kiev, including the important port of Mariupol.

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