Vladimir Putin har holdt en tale.
“I deem it necessary to make a decision that should have been made a long time ago – to immediately recognise the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic. Modern Ukraine was entirely created by Russia, more precisely, Bolshevik, communist Russia.
This process began immediately after the revolution of 1917. As a result of Bolshevik policy, Soviet Ukraine arose, which even today can with good reason be called “Vladimir Ilyich Lenin’s Ukraine”.
He is its author and architect. This is fully confirmed by archive documents…
And now grateful descendants have demolished monuments to Lenin in Ukraine. This is what they call decommunisation.
Do you want decommunisation? Well, that suits us just fine.
But it is unnecessary, as they say, to stop halfway. We are ready to show you what real decommunisation means for Ukraine.
If Ukraine was to join NATO it would serve as a direct threat to the security of Russia. Many European allies of the United States already perfectly understood all the risks of such a prospect, but were forced to come to terms with the will of their senior partner.
The Americans simply used them to carry out a pronounced anti-Russian policy. Let me explain that US strategic planning documents contain the possibility of a so-called preemptive strike against enemy missile systems.
And who is the main enemy for the US and NATO? It’s Russia.
In NATO documents, our country is officially and directly declared the main threat to North Atlantic security. And Ukraine will serve as a forward springboard for the strike.
If our ancestors had heard about it, they probably would simply not have believed it. And today we don’t want to believe it, but it’s true.”
Den amerikanske ambassadør har under et møde i FN’s sikkerhedsråd reageret på Putin beslutning om at sende ”fredsbevarende styrker” til Donbass-regionen. ”Putin’s recognition of the pro-Moscow regions is an attempt to create a pretext for a further invasion.
The claim that Russian forces are entering those regions as peacekeepers is nonsense. We know what they really are.”