Speaking to the Reichstag in 1939, Hitler explained, "For months we have been suffering under the torture of a problem...which has deteriorated until it becomes intolerable for us. Danzig was and is a German city. The Corridor was and is German. Both these territories owe their cultural development exclusively to the German people...As in other German territories of the East, all German minorities living there have been ill-treated in the most distressing manner."
Speaking to Russian officials and allies in Crimea in 2014, Putin explained "In people’s hearts and minds, Crimea has always been an inseparable part of Russia...despite all the dramatic changes our country went through during the entire 20th century." Ethnic Russians, he said, have been "threatened with repression...In view of this, the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol turned to Russia for help in defending their rights and lives."
Britain and the European Union made a “catastrophic misreading” of Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin and “sleepwalked” into the Ukraine crisis, treating it as a trade issue rather than as a delicate foreign-policy challenge, British lawmakers said Friday in a scathing report.
For too long, the European Union’s relationship with Moscow had been predicated on the “optimistic premise” that Russia was becoming a democratic, law-abiding country, the report said, rendering member nations insensitive to the degree of Russian hostility toward European Union efforts to negotiate a closer political and economic relationship, known as an “association agreement,” with Ukraine.
European states “have been slow to reappraise the relationship and to adapt to the realities of the Russia we have today,” the report said, and lack a long-term strategic response.
The report concluded that the European Union had failed to appreciate “the exceptional nature” of Ukraine and its relationship to a more aggressive Russia in Mr. Putin’s latest term as president.
Britain failed to live up to its obligations in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which it signed with Russia, the United States and Ukraine, guaranteeing Ukraine’s territorial integrity and offering security “assurances” in return for Kiev’s renouncing its extensive nuclear arsenal, the report said.
“The U.K. had a particular responsibility towards the country, and it has not been as active or as visible as it could have been,” it said.
While the policy of the United States was not a direct topic for the report, the same criticism was implicit. Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Russia, said that the “misreading” of Ukraine applied to the United States as well as to Europe.
The report was prepared over nine months by the European Union external affairs subcommittee of the House of Lords and overseen by Christopher Tugendhat, a former member of the European Commission.
The report sharply criticizes Russia and the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, and it recommends further Western economic sanctions in response to the fighting, which has continued despite another cease-fire.
Further European sanctions should follow Washington’s practice of targeting those close to Mr. Putin as opposed to middle-ranking officials in Crimea, the report said, and the European Union should consider extending sanctions into the Russian financial sector.
Europe is slow, USA is slow, Putin and his terrorist friends are moving fast, capturing new territories, and killing civilians. In the latest development, a bomb has killed at least two people, including a police officer, and injured at least 10 more people at a rally in Ukraine's second city Kharkiv. The rally was one of several being held, marking a year since the Kiev uprising that led to the fall of pro-Russia leader Viktor Yanukovych. Kharkiv lies outside the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, but is one of the cities of interests of Vladimir Putin, whose plans include capturing it as parts of the long-term plans to create Novorossiya under Russian guidance. One of the official Russian government representatives announced that it was his agents who bravely killed the people in Ukraine, however, this statement was later withdrawn for political reasons. Four people, who arranged the terrorist act, were promptly arrested. During the initial investigation, they have admitted that they were armed and trained in Russia.
More to come. Pro-Russian separatists are building up forces and weapons in Ukraine's southeast and the Ukrainian military said on Saturday it was braced for a possible rebel attack on the port city of Mariupol, a city of half a million people and potentially a gateway to Crimea, which Russia annexed last March.
“If this failure continues, make no mistake, there will be further consequences including consequences that will place added strains on Russia’s already troubled economy,” John Kerry, the US secretary of state, told a press conference in London.
He said Barack Obama would “in the next few days” decide what “additional steps will be taken in response to the breach of this ceasefire”. Kerry foresaw “serious sanctions” being imposed.
Kerry, who had been in talks with Philip Hammond, the UK foreign secretary, described Russia’s conduct as “simply unacceptable”.
“Russia has engaged in an absolutely brazen and cynical process over these last days,” he said. “We know to a certainty what Russia has been providing to the separatists, how Russia is involved with the separatists.
“We’re not going to sit there and be part of this kind of extraordinarily craven behavior at the expense of the sovereignty and integrity of a nation.”
Hammond condemned the way in which the ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk had been “systematically breached”.
Well, maybe that is time to stop talking, warning, and bargaining, and start doing something? Russia is continuing to threaten the World with its nuclear weapon, capture Berlin again as in 1945, take California and Alaska from USA as native Russian land, and join forces with Iran to create a New Order on the Mother Earth. Ukraine is just a training polygon for cynical Russian government, and if we let it die in agony, Western Europe will be next!
There was an outstanding poster on one of the pro-government rallies in Russia “Putin is better than Hitler!” The person, who made it, was probably drunk, since it would be definitely funny, if it would not be so real and serious. Russia today is the Nazis Germany of 1936. Hopefully, there is still time to prevent Third World War by stopping Russia from the further conflict escalation!
Think about your children, stop Putin!
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