The White House now calls it an “invasion” of Ukraine. Sanctions will be greater than in 2014. Full blocking will happen on two Russian banks (Vnesheconombank, or VEB, and the “Russian military bank” likely refers to Promsvyazbank), and sovereign debt will be affected, as well as sanctions on Russia’s elites. Increases in military forces to defensive positions in Europe will occur in NATO territory. Energy supplies will be affected. Diplomacy remains open and available.
Stalinist shitposting also depends on the firehose of propaganda disinformation and is coming in conflict with intergenerational differences in the Ukrainian population.
"Who in the lord's name does Putin think gives him the right to declare new so-called countries on territory that belongs to his neighbors?!"
Ukraine: Putin's re-russification noise echoes a cult of imperial prestige that's also Stalinist
Even seasoned Kremlinologists were alarmed by Russian President Vladimir Putin's belligerent tone as he offered a monologue on why Ukraine has no right to exist.
In a lengthy televised speech Monday, Putin formally recognized the independence of two regions in eastern Ukraine — the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic.” He later ordered troops to roll over the border under the guise of being “peacekeepers.”
Putin made no attempt to hide his motivations.
He described Ukraine as “historically Russian land” that was stolen from the Russian empire and has since fallen into the hands of neo-Nazis and corrupt “puppets” controlled by the West. The Russian president reiterated his claim that Ukraine was subjecting Russian speakers to “genocide” — which there is no evidence of and which international monitors on the ground reject.
After promising to start with just "a few words about the history of this issue," he gave a lengthy revisionist account in which he claimed that Ukraine was merely a region of the old Russian empire. The modern-day country, he argued, was artificially created by Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin after the Communist revolution of 1917.
In one line that some seasoned Ukraine observers saw as an open threat, he suggested that Ukrainians who have toppled statues of Lenin were erasing their country's basis for existing.
“You want decommunization?” he said. “Very well. We are ready to show what real decommunization would mean for Ukraine.”
In the end of 1965 Ivan Dziuba wrote his work Internationalism or Russification? (London, 1968, and "Motherland" magazine (ukr. "Вітчизна"), 1990, No. 5-7), dealing with the problems threatening national relations in socialist society, which he sent to the Communist authorities. A special commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine inspected the text and decided that it was "lampoons on the Soviet reality, the national policy of the CPSU and the practice of communist construction in the USSR." Authorities accused Dziuba of undermining Soviet friendship of peoples, and fueling hatred between the Ukrainian and Russian peoples. In 1972 he was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 5 years in exile. Later he asked for pardon and after 18 months in prison Dziuba was pardoned and hired to work at the newspaper of Antonov Serial Production Plant.
After the change of political situation in the Soviet Union and transition to the independent Ukraine Dziuba became popular. He became co-founder of the People's Movement of Ukraine. From 1991 Dziuba was the head publisher of the Suchasnist Magazine.
Dziuba died in Kyiv on 22 February 2022, at the age of 90.
“...history does not give a right to conquer. Putin forgets the Ukrainians who were the first victims of Stalinist famine, who voted 92% for independence, pro-EU Maiden movement.”