Putin’s Ominous Essay on Ukraine

If Putin’s policies regarding Ukraine were of any doubt to Western observers, a recent essay written by the Russian Federation’s longstanding President puts misgivings on the subject to rest, providing yet another confirmation of past iterations. An essay released by the Kremlin last month served to verify Vladimir Putin’s consideration of Ukraine as a part of Russia, describing in no uncertain terms Ukrainians and Russians as “one people – a single whole.” 

By way of introduction, Putin appeals to historical context as justification for the assertions that follow. He refers to Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians as “all descendants of ancient Rus,” historically bound together by language, economic ties, and the Orthodox faith. The essay’s author concludes his historical retelling with the statement that “modern Ukraine is entirely the product of the Soviet era.” 

While Putin spends the bulk of his essay detailing a shared history and outlining Ukraine’s economic dependence, he does not waste the opportunity to discuss what he believes to be the West’s role in pitting Ukraine against Russia. He states unequivocally that “The Western authors of the anti-Russia project set up the Ukrainian political system in such a way that presidents, members of parliament and ministers would change but the attitude of separation from and enmity with Russia would remain.” 

The question is whether or not Putin’s lengthy essay serves as an all-out declaration of war and forthcoming invasion. In his piece for National Review, writer Kevin Williamson interprets Putin’s article as a clear representation of intent. Whether or not the essay serves as a foreshadowing of Putin’s ultimate goal to reclaim Ukraine for the former Soviet empire remains to be seen, however, and is a matter of contention among experts. Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University-Newark suggests that the essay reveals nothing new in Putin’s policy on Ukraine, yet does not indicate that a full-scale invasion is soon to be underway. Other experts agree, yet some remain divided on whether or not Putin is likely to act on his convictions. 

One thing remains clear. The Russian leader absolutely does not respect the sovereignty of Ukraine. Just what he intends to do with that persuasion is yet to be seen. Either way, the West should pay close attention to the oft-repeated assertions of Russia’s foremost strongman.

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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13 thoughts on “Putin’s Ominous Essay on Ukraine”

  1. So rather than blathering and interpreting the essay, can you PROVIDE so we can read and make up our OWN minds about the intent please?!?!?

  2. Left out is Putin’s main concern about a pro West Ukraine: If the Ukraine were to become a member of NATO and have US nuclear missiles on it’s territory. The flight time of those missiles to Moscow WOULD BE LESS THAN 5 MINUTES! Meaning Russia would be vulnerable to a US FIRST STRIKE! The US could dictate terms and Russia would either obey or be annihilated! This is the reverse of the Russian missiles in Cuba crisis faced by POTUS Kennedy. Whose counter move was a MASSIVE show of force and a grim promise of WAR if the Russian missiles were not removed from Cuba. Putin is not stupid.

  3. As much as it irks me to be in agreement with any marxist oligarch, be in Russia, America, China, or elsewhere, Mr. Putin is basically correct in his essay. Further, distorting by revisionist history, or supporting crime partners as the current Biden administration is doing, for the social/marxist democrats in the Western nations DID start the current conflict; the most startling of all this is the closeness being exhibited by the Western leaders, the ccp, and the marxist in Russia, for the furtherance of their shared agendas!

    1. Spot on. We are wrong on this. All we have been told about Putin and Russia is a lie. I know history and don’t buy into the BS western media pumps out to prop up their agenda and demonize Russia/Putin. The more I dig the more I find out just how corrupt the US is and how Putin is on the right side of things.

  4. Ukrainian crime bosses who were accustomed to financially raping post-Soviet Russia are still furious with Putin for putting an end to their revenue stream. Per some sources, they were the actual source of the “Russian collusion” garbage — it originated as an attempt to paint Putin as Trump’s puppet to tarnish his repute in Russia, and the attack on Trump was collateral damage. They haven’t given up on getting rid of Putin the Russian patriot so they can go back to robbing Russia blind. That is where a great deal of the animosity and urgings toward war are coming from.

    Ukraine is sometimes rated as the most corrupt country in the world. Trust nothing from there. Putin is correct about their shared history, and in fearing that outside influences will precipitate war via Ukraine. Russia’s borders have no natural defenses, and there is historically justified paranoia of an assault from the west. Putin has no need to conquer Ukraine, but a pressing need for Ukraine to remain a neutral or Russia-aligned buffer state.

  5. Go look up the CIA operations in the Ukraine.
    The CIA was conducting a Soros “color revolution”
    Or check the Biden’s involvement.

    As a matter of fact, if you have the courage, just go and investigate the CIA.
    Like them recruiting, arming, training and fighting with ISIS against our Special Forces
    Or putting Castro in power in Cuba.

    Or……running drugs into the US.

    I’m a combat wounded American veteran. So I have earned the right to talk