Russia’s Leader Putin Rejects Ukrainian Separatists’ Aim to Become Part of Russia

Eric Zuesse

The leader of the Ukrainian separatists says that their efforts to get Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to accept their territory as being a part of Russia have been firmly rejected by Putin’s Government; and, so, “We will build our own country.” (This important statement from the rebel leader Andrei Purgin on Wednesday, September 17th, was inconspicuously buried halfway through an AP news story that focused instead on “East Ukraine Casualties.” It’s common for propagandistic news reports, such as characterize the U.S. media, to bury what’s important in the news story, and not even to headline that crucial information, when that information violates the regime’s propaganda. So: this information was buried, and was not headlined.)

Russia’s Government has thus made clear that it is not seeking to add to its territory. While Russia has accepted the approximately million refugees who have fled to Russia from Ukraine’s civil war, Russia does not want any part of Ukraine’s territory. Crimea was traditionally part of Russia, throughout the period 1783-1954, until the leader of the Soviet Union gifted Crimea to Ukraine (the nation that was called the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic) in 1954, but the residents of Crimea never accepted that, and they overwhelmingly considered themselves still to be Russians. Furthermore, the Russian Navy’s lease on the Crimean port of Sebastopol for its Black Sea Fleet extended till 2042, and the February 2014 coup-installed Ukrainian Government wanted to cancel it, which threatened crucial Russian national defense. Furthermore, many of those new Ukrainian leaders wanted a nuclear war against Russia. So, Putin accepted Crimea back into Russia, but he will not admit more than that as being added to Russian territory.

Crimea is viewed as not being an addition to Russia, but instead as voluntarily rejoining Russia, irrespective of the new Ukrainian Government’s campaign to eliminate ethnic Russians from Ukraine’s southeast. No other part of post-1954 Ukraine had previously been part of Russia, and this includes the southeastern portion of Ukraine, whose residents ethnically descended from Russian immigrants who had settled there.

Consequently, the ethnic-cleansing campaign that has been going on by the new, Obama-installed, Ukrainian Government, against the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, will continue, at least until the surviving residents there become a small enough proportion of the Ukrainian national electorate so that a nationwide Ukrainian election — which hasn’t been held in Ukraine since the February 2014 coup — will choose leaders who are acceptable to the U.S. Government, which planned and financed that February coup. Only by killing and driving out enough of those people — the ones in the areas that overwhelmingly voted for the man whom Obama overthrew — will become possible a democratic Ukraine that allies itself with the U.S.

President Putin and President Obama have regularly been in direct contact with one-another ever since Obama’s coup occurred in February. Perhaps Putin’s declining to accept Ukrainian territory into Russia is part of an agreement between the two leaders in which Obama is, for his part, declining the urgings from congressional Republicans and conservative Democrats for the U.S. to provide weapons to the Ukrainian military to expedite their ethnic cleansing campaign.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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    Greater Autonomy for Separatists Might Signal War’s End (Dispatch 81) Sep 19, 2014

    On September 16, Ukraine passed a controversial law under an unusual secret voting procedure that granted greater autonomy to the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, as well as amnesty for most of the pro-Russia forces in the region. This is a significant development in the conflict, and might signal an end to the war that has ravaged the country for months.

  • sveltesvengali

    That Russia has rejected a “Novorossiya” should be frankly unsurprising to observers of the post-Soviet space – Crimea was a rather isolated case framed by unique circumstances within a political and historical context. Nevertheless, that Russia is exploiting ethnic tensions to the end of pliant nationalism seems fairly apparent, as with areas like Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia and Transnistria.

    At times, Russian geostrategic policy is more a mirror image of US geostrategic policy than either side may (wish to) suppose. That anything approaching objective “realpolitik” coverage is few and far between in this circumstances is to be expected, and that propaganda should proliferate is par for the course.

  • Eric, You sound like an apologist for Russia. Not to say what you write on the subject may not have a grain of truth. What is most evident in this Ukraine affair is that the Obama Administration and the mainstream media are most assuredly lying. What is less clear is whether Putin is lying. But, by assuming truth is not the first casualty on both sides, and that the reality is murky at best, you risk making an ass of yourself.

    • cettel

      What you say is nonsense. Unlike the fictions that you seem attached to, I merely report what the most-solid evidence indicates to be the case. For example, when I reported “Russia Has Now Joined the Ukrainian War, and Is Lying to Deny It,”
      the predominant comments from readers were that I was spreading anti-Russian propaganda.
      So, next time, maybe try basing any reader-comment that you write, upon first a check of the sources that my article has linked to, and, if you still have any question, then upon a check of any pertinent link in the given source-article that’s linked to within that source-article.
      Maybe next time, check and make sure you’re not just spouting, before you spout.

    • BuelahMan

      No, Tim. Eric is covering up for his tribe.

      • I am not so quick to condemn anyone, as I have no dog in this hunt. It must be acknowledged, though by anyone following the story, that NATO has been far quicker to jump to conclusions, and issue condemnations, without presenting evidence, than Russia has been. No doubt, Putin is playing a smarter game than we are and no one really knows what he’s up to. But it is self-evident that NATO has been more aggressive towards Russia than Russia has been towards NATO. Why would Ukraine reserve the right to to veto the release of the investigation of MH17 if it didn’t have something to hide, and why was the result of the investigation expressed in a euphemism? And why did NATO suddenly change its tune once there was evidence of multiple “high impact projectiles?” Russia counters the BUK missile story with radar evidence of a jet fighter approaching from below, and when the investigation is released, is accused of sending up its own plane to shoot down the aircraft, shades of the Korean Airline disaster many years ago, doubtless something Russia does not wish to repeat, especially when its airspace wasn’t violated this time. Then the story dies and the ISIL story takes its place. The MH17 story is clearly one NATO wishes were forgotten. The whole thing stinks.

        • BuelahMan

          I was not quick to condemn Sweetie (Eric). It came after incessant postings that cover for the tribe via imagined or made up bull malarky (like the fact that his “nazis” are Jews).

          I am now of the notion that he intentionally is misleading Washington Blog readers. As long as I am allowed to counter his lies, I will.

  • BuelahMan

    Just which “ethnicity” is getting cleansed?

    Do you mean that Jews (Nuland and Yats as just two examples) are readying and carrying forth the killing of Russian CHRISTIANS?

    But you want to call them “Nazis”, right?