The president gathers the security cabinet and speaks to the nation. He promises military aid to the separatists and claims that Ukraine is historically part of Russia
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 treaties of collaboration, including military and, in the night, the first Russian columns were sighted in the Republic of Donetsk, according to the agency Interfax.
Irreversible steps that seem to close the door to mediation attempts initiated by the main European leaders, Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Sholtz and Mario 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.
The word not yet in arms but almost. If Kiev reacts in the slightest to the Kremlin’s decision, over one hundred and fifty thousand men equipped with the most modern war systems are ready to make their shock force felt. 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 Kremlin lord an excuse to advance his troops.
The premises, on the other hand, have already been created. After weeks in which the Kremlin has continued to deny any intention to launch the attack on its units lined up for endless exercises, in recent days the attitude has changed drastically. Faced with a resumption of bombing on both sides of the front between the rebels and the army in Kiev, Putin and his team began to insist on the imminence of a Ukrainian invasion of the two republics, with the prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe. Although Ukrainian President Zelensky continues to flatly deny this possibility (and not even a madman would move his weak forces having the mighty units of the Russian army on the border), the narration of the Kremlin and all the media controlled directly or indirectly serves to justify a violent and destructive counter-move by Moscow.
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 moved; a large part of the Russian-speaking population of the area did not move to the collection centers in Russia and there seems to be further proof that this is a propaganda initiative. In the meantime, it has been announced that the Ukrainian citizens of those two republics who have also been granted a Russian passport are about to reach nearly one million. Therefore, any intervention would be justified both by the request for help from two sovereign states formally allied thanks to yesterday’s treaty, both from the desire to protect hundreds of thousands of Russians exposed to the violence of the Ukrainian army and voluntary militias who for months have been portrayed almost 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.
The recognition and the two assistance treaties will now have to be approved by Parliament, but this is a formality. Of course, no one else in the world has relations with the two republicsif we exclude other countries recognized only by Russia and some of its vassals, such as South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
To justify yesterday’s decision, Putin spoke for more than 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. And today the country would be nothing more than an entity at the service of the Americans, led by rulers who have only thought of getting richthe. from Ukraine that NATO could attack Russia in the near future, based on the American doctrine that justifies the use of the so-called first strike (i.e. attack first). Intermediate-range missiles could reach Moscow in seven minutes from Kharkiv. With hypersonic vectors in four. The whole of European Russia would be under fire.
Putin takes it for granted that the West will end up enacting new heavy sanctions, but he makes it clear that his country will be able to go ahead anyway and that it will react with adequate countermeasures. He then claimed that the previous sanctions had been passed for no reason whatsoeveras 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. THEl which would mean that Russian troops would assist the rebels in conquering large areas now controlled by Kiev, including the important port of Mariupol.