“I want the Kyiv authorities and their real masters in the West to hear me, so that everyone remembers this: people living in Lugansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye become our citizens forever. We call on the Kyiv regime to immediately cease fire, all hostilities, the war that it unleashed back in 2014, and return to the negotiating table. We are ready for this, it has been said more than once. But we will not discuss the choice of the people in Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson, it has been made, Russia will not betray it. And today’s Kyiv authorities should treat this free will of the people with respect, and nothing else. This is the only way to peace” – President Vladimir Putin (30.09.2022).
Today was a supposed day of glory and greatness, but everyone know what it really is. The Russian President and his “Yes-Men” held a ceremony to takeover 4 oblasts from Ukraine, which they are not even able to occupy or annex with conventional force. That’s why Russian army is mobilizing at home, but plenty of people in the right age has fled to former USSR republics or even to other Russian friendly nations to avoid the call-up for arms and be part of the invasion of Ukraine.
President Putin who was supposed to be over the “Special Operation” months ago. A man who is seeing his armies being destroyed, depleted and loosing moral. A President who is trying to galvanize his troops and supporters. However, everyone must know that these “referendums” and “annexation” of oblasts are only to legitimizing escalation of war in Ukraine. Not like the Ukrainian people will see a difference, but the Russian population will. Because, his saying the people of the 4 oblasts belongs to Kremlin, Duma and the Russian Federation now!
Later Putin said this: “I want to emphasize once again that it is precisely in greed, in the intention to maintain its unlimited power, that there are the real reasons for the hybrid war that the “collective West” is waging against Russia. They do not wish us freedom, but they want to see us as a colony. They do not want equal cooperation, but robbery. They want to see us not as a free society, but as a crowd of soulless slaves. For them, a direct threat is our thought and philosophy, and therefore they encroach on our philosophers. Our culture and art are a danger to them, so they are trying to ban them. Our development and prosperity is also a threat to them – competition is growing. They don’t need Russia at all, we need it” (Putin, 30.09.2022).
It is really interesting that Putin blames the West. When it’s Putin and his nation that is waging war. Putin has ordered the invasion of Ukraine and blames the West over it. Calling everyone in the West soulless slaves, but he don’t want any dissent at home. Neither is there any sense of self-reflection into how his regime is running Russia. Therefore, it’s projecting on others, but we cannot forget that Putin wanted to annihilate Ukraine and erase it from history. His own words earlier in the war. So, Putin should reconsider his stance, but we know he wants all glory himself and doesn’t accept any push-backs. Because, how can he speak of freedom or liberty for that matter when people are arrested for protesting the war and some of them will be enlisted in army for doing so. The freedom of Russia is clearly not worth it.
He continues: “What I want to emphasize, emphasize: there is every reason to believe that the Western elites are not going to look for constructive ways out of the global food and energy crisis, which arose through their fault, precisely through their fault, as a result of their many years of policy long before our special military operation in Ukraine, in Donbass. They do not intend to solve the problems of injustice and inequality. There is a fear that they are ready to use other, familiar to them, recipes” (Putin, 30.09.2022).
It is really something else when he blames the West for everything. When his the one issuing the war and he wanted to use the energy as a bargain chip towards Europe. He is calling them liars, when Russia has been selling gas and petroleum to the West for so long now. That the European Nations are shifting suppliers and places to get that. Is by all means in the long run hurting Kremlin and Russia, as they cannot find as easy and accessible market for it. That’s why he has to blame the West over it. He is even pinning the food shortage and wheat exports of Ukraine on them, as if he haven’t blocked the ports, the seas and done what he could to stop it. That just shows what sort of imperialism he clings on to. He speaks of injustice and inequality, Putin should look into his regime and actions against his own citizens, but also the acts of brutality and crimes of war committed in Ukraine. It’s not like he can run away from the damage, the hurt and the pain he has put people through there.
He also says: “Dear friends! Today we are fighting for a just and free path, first of all for ourselves, for Russia, for diktat, despotism to remain forever in the past. I am convinced that countries and peoples understand that a policy based on the exclusivity of anyone, on the suppression of other cultures and peoples, is inherently criminal, that we must turn this shameful page. The collapse of Western hegemony that has begun is irreversible. And I repeat again: it will not be the same as before” (Putin, 30.09.2022).
Certainly, the prospects of what Putin is speaking off is untrue. The invasion of Ukraine has solidified the NATO and the European Union (EU). Yes, there are nations which isn’t totally in line like Hungary and Turkey, but most are in accord with the line of support of Ukraine. That’s why I don’t know what Putin is seeing in Moscow, but Brussels are most of time on the same page about this. The EU isn’t suppressing cultures, not like the Russian Federation planned to do to Ukraine. Therefore, the multi-cultural hegemony of the EU isn’t like the CSTO or Russian Federation itself. Who wants to annex and let the people forget the roots. Like what the Russians plans to do in the annexed regions of Ukraine. So, I don’t know where he got this nonsense from…
He ends with: “Behind us is the truth, behind us is Russia!” (Putin, 30.09.2022). As if this is a powerful statement. Surely the thousands of dead soldiers in Ukraine must wonder what the truth was and if Russia was behind them. Putin can speak like this, but the brutality of his war doesn’t change it. Russian Army should question who is behind it and what truth that it’s operating under. Because the reasoning for the conflict and war has changed. Now it’s all about the West and such, but not denazification. Neither is about taking over Kyiv in a short sweep, but that has all backfired. Certainly it is easier to pin others than being accountable and honest about the “Special Operation” itself.
Nevertheless, this just shows what sort of man Putin is. This is what his saying now and wanted to bash in glory for annexing Ukrainian territories, which he doesn’t even have control over. The occupation force is struggling and Russian people are fleeing the Federation itself. Not like this war has won many hearts, but it has shattered more.
Putin is trying to stand by his actions and make it seem more grand than it is. However, no one should believe him. If he was so great and the war was justified. Why are people fleeing his mobilization to take part in it? Your guess is as good as mine. Nevertheless, Putin will blame that on Brussels, Paris or Washington D.C. because that what he does now. Peace.