Putin pivots: Speech inventories the wrongs of ‘the West’ and calls on world to turn against ‘American elite’

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In his major remarks to the Russian people on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a new tactic. Unlike his speech of Sept. 21, when he spoke frequently about how Russia was fighting neo-Nazis in Ukraine, he has now made the argument that Ukraine is where Russia will destroy America and its colonialist ways.

The speech has marked differences from his angry approach 10 days earlier. To illustrate, Must Read Alaska put both speeches through a word picture analysis to help readers visualize the tenor and word choices of both of these major policy speeches, given just one week apart:

To be clear, the speeches were on different topics. The Sept. 21 speech was a rallying cry for Putin as he started a military conscription to bring young and old Russian men into military service, sending them to the front lines. Russians have taken heavy casualties in their war with Ukraine, and Putin was seeking to bolster support by casting Ukrainians and their president as Nazis.

His second speech, given during the annexation ceremony for portions of Ukraine he absorbed into Russia, builds on his earlier remarks, and spends many words placing judgment on the United States as a rallying cry for nations of the world to join Russia against America. Unlike his earlier speech that references “Nazi” 10 times, his second speech uses that word once, in reference to the “neo-Nazi coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014.”

Shortly after his speech, however, Ukrainian forces retook the strategic city of Lyman on Saturday.

“Ukrainian Air Assault Forces are entering Lyman, Donetsk region,” Ukraine’s defense ministry reported on Twitter. The Ukrainians went on to say that Russians in the region would be redeployed to body bags or captivity.

Read the full transcript of the Putin speech below:


Dear citizens of Russia, citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, deputies of the State Duma, and senators of the Russian Federation!

As you know, referendums took place in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. Their results have been summed up, the results are known. People made their choice, a clear choice.

Today we are signing agreements on the admission of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Luhansk People’s Republic, the Zaporizhia Region and the Kherson Region to Russia. I am sure that the Federal Assembly will support the constitutional laws on the adoption and formation in Russia of four new regions, four new subjects of the Russian Federation, because this is the will of millions of people.

[Applause]

And this, of course, is their right, their inalienable right, which is enshrined in the first article of the UN Charter, which directly speaks of the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

I repeat: this is an inalienable right of people, it is based on historical unity, in the name of which the generations of our ancestors won, those who from the origins of Ancient Russia for centuries created and defended Russia. Here, in Novorossia, Rumyantsev, Suvorov and Ushakov fought, Catherine II and Potemkin founded new cities. Here our grandfathers and great-grandfathers stood to death during the Great Patriotic War.

We will always remember the heroes of the “Russian spring”, those who did not come to terms with the neo-Nazi coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014, all those who died for the right to speak their native language, preserve their culture, traditions, faith, for the right to live. These are the warriors of Donbass, the martyrs of the “Odessa Khatyn”, the victims of inhuman terrorist attacks staged by the Kyiv regime. These are volunteers and militias, these are civilians, children, women, old people, Russians, Ukrainians, people of various nationalities. This is the real people’s leader of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko, these are military commanders Arsen Pavlov and Vladimir Zhoga, Olga Kochura and Alexei Mozgovoy, this is the prosecutor of the Luhansk Republic Sergey Gorenko. This is paratrooper Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov and all our soldiers and officers who died the death of the brave during a special military operation. They are heroes.

[Applause]

Heroes of Great Russia. And I ask you to honor their memory with a moment of silence.

[Moment of silence.]

Thank you.

Behind the choice of millions of residents in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions is our common destiny and a thousand-year history. This spiritual connection people passed on to their children and grandchildren. Despite all the trials, they carried through the years love for Russia. And no one can destroy this feeling in us. That is why both the older generations and the youth, those who were born after the tragedy of the collapse of the Soviet Union, voted for our unity, for our common future.

In 1991, in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, without asking the will of ordinary citizens, representatives of the then party elites decided to collapse the USSR, and people suddenly found themselves cut off from their homeland. This tore apart, dismembered our people’s community, turned into a national catastrophe. As once after the revolution the borders of the union republics were cut behind the scenes, so the last leaders of the Soviet Union, contrary to the direct expression of the will of the majority of people in the 1991 referendum, ruined our great country, simply confronted the peoples with a fact.

I admit that they did not even fully understand what they were doing and what consequences this would inevitably lead to in the end. But that doesn’t matter anymore. There is no Soviet Union, the past cannot be returned. Yes, and Russia today does not need it anymore, we are not striving for this. But there is nothing stronger than the determination of millions of people who, by their culture, faith, traditions, language, consider themselves part of Russia, whose ancestors lived in a single state for centuries. There is nothing stronger than the determination of these people to return to their true, historical Fatherland.

For a long eight years, people in the Donbass were subjected to genocide, shelling and blockade, and in Kherson and Zaporozhye they tried to criminally cultivate hatred for Russia, for everything Russian. Now, already during the referendums, the Kyiv regime threatened with violence, death to school teachers, women who worked in election commissions, intimidated millions of people who came to express their will with repressions. But the unbroken people of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson had their say.

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, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson, it has been made, Russia will not betray it.

And today’s Kiev authorities should treat this free will of the people with respect, and nothing else. This is the only way to peace.

We will protect our land with all the forces and means at our disposal and will do everything to ensure the safe life of our people. This is the great liberation mission of our people.

We will definitely rebuild destroyed cities and towns, housing, schools, hospitals, theaters and museums, restore and develop industrial enterprises, factories, infrastructure, social security, pensions, healthcare and education systems.

Of course, we will work to improve the security level. Together we will make sure that citizens in the new regions feel the support of the entire people of Russia, the entire country, all the republics, all territories and regions of our vast Motherland.

Dear friends, colleagues!

Today I want to address the soldiers and officers who are participating in a special military operation, the soldiers of Donbass and Novorossia, those who, after the decree on partial mobilization, join the ranks of the Armed Forces, fulfilling their patriotic duty, who, at the call of their hearts, come to the military registration and enlistment offices. I would like to turn to their parents, wives, and children, to tell them what our people are fighting for, what enemy is opposing us, who is throwing the world into new wars and crises, deriving their bloody profit from this tragedy.

Our compatriots, our brothers and sisters in Ukraine – the native part of our united people – saw with their own eyes what the ruling circles of the so-called West are preparing for all mankind. Here they, in fact, just threw off their masks, showed their true insides.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West decided that the world, all of us, would forever have to put up with its dictates. Then, in 1991, the West expected that Russia would not recover from such shocks and would fall apart on its own. Yes, it almost happened – we remember the 90s, the terrible 90s, hungry, cold and hopeless. But Russia resisted, revived, strengthened, again took its rightful place in the world.

At the same time, the West has been looking all this time and continues to look for a new chance to hit us, weaken and destroy Russia, which they have always dreamed of, split our state, pit peoples against each other, doom them to poverty and extinction. They are simply haunted by the fact that there is such a great, huge country in the world with its territory, natural wealth, resources, with a people who do not know how and will never live according to someone else’s orders.

The West is ready to step over everything in order to preserve the neo-colonial system that allows it to parasitize, in fact, to plunder the world at the expense of the power of the dollar and technological dictates, to collect real tribute from humanity, to extract the main source of unearned prosperity, the rent of the hegemon. The maintenance of this rent is their key, genuine and absolutely self-serving motive. That is why total desovereignization is in their interests. Hence their aggression towards independent states, towards traditional values ​​and original cultures, attempts to undermine international and integration processes beyond their control, new world currencies and centers of technological development. It is critical for them that all countries surrender their sovereignty to the United States.

The ruling elites of some states voluntarily agree to do this, voluntarily agree to become vassals; others are bribed, intimidated. And if it doesn’t work out, they destroy entire states, leaving behind humanitarian catastrophes, disasters, ruins, millions of ruined, mangled human destinies, terrorist enclaves, social disaster zones, protectorates, colonies and semi-colonies. They don’t care as long as they get their own benefit.

I want to emphasize once again: 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.

I want to remind you that the claims to world domination in the past have been shattered more than once by the courage and steadfastness of our people. Russia will always be Russia. We will continue to defend both our values ​​and our Motherland.

The West is counting on impunity, on getting away with everything. In fact, everything has gotten away with it so far. Agreements in the field of strategic security go to the wastebasket; agreements reached at the highest political level are declared false; firm promises not to expand NATO to the east, as soon as our former leaders bought into them, turned into a dirty deceit; treaties on anti-missile defense and intermediate- and shorter-range missiles have been unilaterally broken under far-fetched pretexts.

All we hear from all sides is that the West stands for order based on rules. Where did they come from? Who even saw these rules? Who agreed? Listen, this is just some kind of nonsense, sheer deception, double or already triple standards! It’s just designed for fools.

Russia is a great millennial power, a country-civilization, and will not live by such rigged, false rules.

It is the so-called West that has trampled on the principle of the inviolability of borders, and now, at its own discretion, decides who has the right to self-determination and who does not, who is not worthy of it. Why they decide so, who gave them such a right is not clear. To themselves.

That is why the choice of people in the Crimea, in Sevastopol, in Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson causes wild anger in them. This West has no moral right to evaluate it, even to stutter about the freedom of democracy. No, and never was!

Western elites deny not only national sovereignty and international law. Their hegemony has a pronounced character of totalitarianism, despotism and apartheid. They brazenly divide the world into their vassals, into the so-called civilized countries and into all the rest, who, according to the plan of today’s Western racists, should add to the list of barbarians and savages. False labels – “rogue country”, “authoritarian regime” – are already ready, they stigmatize entire peoples and states, and there is nothing new in this. There is nothing new in this: the Western elites are what they were, and have remained so – colonialist. They discriminate, divide peoples into the first and other grades.

We have never accepted and will never accept such political nationalism and racism. And what, if not racism, is Russophobia, which is now spreading all over the world? What, if not racism, is the peremptory conviction of the West that its civilization, neoliberal culture is an indisputable model for the whole world? “He who is not with us is against us.” It even sounds strange.

Even the repentance for their own historical crimes is being shifted by the Western elites to everyone else, demanding both the citizens of their countries and other peoples to confess for what they have nothing to do with at all, for example, for the period of colonial conquests.

It is worth reminding the West that it began its colonial policy back in the Middle Ages, and then followed the global slave trade, the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India, Africa, the wars of England and France against China, as a result of which it was forced to open its ports for trade opium. What they did was put entire nations on drugs, purposefully exterminated entire ethnic groups for the sake of land and resources, staged a real hunt for people like animals. This is contrary to the very nature of man, truth, freedom and justice.

And we – we are proud that in the 20th century it was our country that led the anti-colonial movement, which opened up opportunities for many peoples of the world to develop in order to reduce poverty and inequality, to overcome hunger and disease.

I emphasize that one of the reasons for the centuries-old Russophobia, the undisguised malice of these Western elites towards Russia is precisely that we did not allow ourselves to be robbed during the period of colonial conquests, we forced the Europeans to trade for mutual benefit. This was achieved by creating a strong centralized state in Russia, which developed and strengthened itself on the great moral values ​​of Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, on Russian culture and the Russian word open to all.

It is known that plans for interventions in Russia were repeatedly made, they tried to use the Time of Troubles at the beginning of the 17th century, and the period of upheavals after 1917 failed. The West nevertheless managed to seize the wealth of Russia at the end of the 20th century, when the state was destroyed. Then we were called both friends and partners, but in fact they treated us like a colony – trillions of dollars were siphoned out of the country under a variety of schemes. We all remember everything, we have not forgotten anything.

And these days, people in Donetsk and Luhansk, in Kherson and Zaporizhia have spoken out in favor of restoring our historical unity. Thank you!

Western countries have been repeating for centuries that they bring freedom and democracy to other peoples. Everything is exactly the opposite: instead of democracy – suppression and exploitation; instead of freedom – enslavement and violence. The entire unipolar world order is inherently anti-democratic and not free, it is deceitful and hypocritical through and through.

The United States is the only country in the world to use nuclear weapons twice, destroying the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the way, they set a precedent.

Let me also remind you that the United States, together with the British, turned Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne and many other German cities into ruins without any military necessity during World War II. And this was done defiantly, without any, I repeat, military necessity. There was only one goal: just as in the case of the nuclear bombings in Japan, to intimidate both our country and the whole world.

The United States left a terrible mark on the memory of the peoples of Korea and Vietnam with barbaric “carpet” bombing, the use of napalm and chemical weapons.

Until now, they actually occupy Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other countries, and at the same time cynically call them equal allies. Listen, I wonder what kind of alliance is this? The whole world knows that the leaders of these countries are being watched, the first persons of these states are being installed listening devices not only in office, but also in residential premises. This is a real shame. A shame both for those who do this and for those who, like a slave, silently and meekly swallow this rudeness.

They call orders and rude, insulting shouts at the address of their vassals Euro-Atlantic solidarity, the development of biological weapons, experiments on living people, including in Ukraine, noble medical research.

It is with their destructive policy, wars, and robbery that they provoked today’s colossal surge in migration flows. Millions of people suffer deprivation, abuse, die by the thousands, trying to get to the same Europe.

Now they are exporting bread from Ukraine. Where is he going under the pretext of “providing food security for the world’s poorest countries”? Where is it going? Everything goes to the same European countries. There, five percent only went to the poorest countries in the world. Again, another swindle and outright deception.

The American elite, in fact, uses the tragedy of these people to weaken their competitors, to destroy nation states. This also applies to Europe, this also applies to the identity of France, Italy, Spain and other countries with a long history.

Washington is demanding more and more sanctions against Russia, and most European politicians meekly agree with this. They clearly understand that the United States, pushing through the EU’s complete renunciation of Russian energy carriers and other resources, is practically leading to the de-industrialization of Europe, to completely taking over the European market – they understand everything, these elites are European, they understand everything, but prefer to serve the interests of others. This is no longer servility, but a direct betrayal of their peoples. But God bless them, that’s their business.

But sanctions are not enough for the Anglo-Saxons, they switched to sabotage – unbelievable, but true – having organized explosions on the international gas pipelines of the Nord Stream, which run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they actually began to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure. It is clear to everyone who benefits from this. Who benefits, he did, of course.

The US dictate is based on brute force, on fist law. Sometimes beautifully wrapped, sometimes without any wrapper, but the essence is the same – fist law. Hence the deployment and maintenance of hundreds of military bases in all corners of the world, the expansion of NATO, attempts to put together new military alliances such as AUKUS and the like. Active work is also underway to create a military-political link between Washington-Seoul-Tokyo. All those states that possess or seek to possess genuine strategic sovereignty and are capable of challenging Western hegemony are automatically included in the category of enemies.

It is on these principles that the US and NATO military doctrines are built, requiring nothing less than total domination. The Western elites present their neo-colonial plans in the same hypocritical way, even with a pretense of peacefulness, they talk about some kind of containment, and such a crafty word wanders from one strategy to another, but, in fact, means only one thing: undermining any sovereign centers of development.

We have already heard about the containment of Russia, China, Iran. I believe that other countries of Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, as well as current partners and allies of the United States, are next in line. We know that whatever they don’t like, they also impose sanctions against their allies – first against one bank, then against another; now against one company, now against another. This is the same practice, and will expand. They target everyone, including our closest neighbors – the CIS countries.

At the same time, the West has clearly and has long been wishful thinking. So, starting a sanctions blitzkrieg against Russia, they believed that they would once again be able to build the whole world on their command. But, as it turned out, such a rosy prospect excites far from everyone – perhaps complete political masochists and admirers of other non-traditional forms of international relations. Most states refuse to salute, and choose a reasonable path of cooperation with Russia.

The West clearly did not expect such disobedience from them. They just got used to acting according to a template, to take everything impudently, blackmail, bribery, intimidation, and convince themselves that these methods will work forever, as if they were ossified and frozen in the past.

Such self-confidence is a direct product not only of the notorious concept of one’s own exclusivity – although this, of course, is simply surprising – but also of a real hunger for information in the West. They drowned the truth in an ocean of myths, illusions and fakes, using extremely aggressive propaganda, lying recklessly, like Goebbels. The more incredible the lie, the faster they will believe in it – that’s how they act, according to this principle.

But people cannot be fed with printed dollars and euros. It is impossible to feed with these pieces of paper, and it is impossible to heat a home with the virtual, inflated capitalization of Western social networks. All this is important, what I’m talking about, but what was just said is no less important: you can’t feed anyone with paper money – you need food, and you won’t warm anyone with these inflated capitalizations – you need energy.

Therefore, politicians in the same Europe have to convince their fellow citizens to eat less, wash less often, and dress warmer at home. And those who begin to ask fair questions “actually, why is that so?” – are immediately declared enemies, extremists and radicals. They switch arrows to Russia, they say: here, they say, who is the source of all your troubles. They lie again.

What do I want to highlight in particular? 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 the Donbass. They do not intend to solve the problems of injustice and inequality. There is a fear that they are ready to use other recipes that are familiar to them.

And here it is worth recalling that the West emerged from the contradictions of the early 20th century through the First World War. The profits from World War II allowed the United States to finally overcome the consequences of the Great Depression and become the largest economy in the world, to impose on the planet the power of the dollar as a global reserve currency. And the overdue crisis of the 80s – and in the 80s of the last century the crisis also aggravated – the West largely overcame by appropriating the legacy and resources of the Soviet Union that was collapsing and collapsed in the end. It is a fact.

Now, in order to extricate themselves from yet another tangle of contradictions, they need to break Russia and other states that choose the sovereign path of development at all costs in order to plunder other people’s wealth even more and at this expense close and plug their own holes. If this does not happen, I do not rule out that they will try to completely bring the system to a collapse, on which everything can be blamed, or, God forbid, they will decide to use the well-known formula “the war will write everything off”.

Russia understands its responsibility to the world community and will do everything to bring such hotheads to their senses.

It is clear that the current neo-colonial model is ultimately doomed. But I repeat that her real owners will cling to her to the end. They simply have nothing to offer the world, except for the preservation of the same system of robberies and racketeering.

In fact, they spit on the natural right of billions of people, most of humanity, to freedom and justice, to determine their own future on their own. Now they have completely moved to a radical denial of moral norms, religion, and family.

Let’s answer some very simple questions for ourselves. I now want to return to what I said, I want to address all the citizens of the country – not only to those colleagues who are in the hall – to all the citizens of Russia: do we want to have, here, in our country, in Russia, parent number one, number two, number three instead of mom and dad – have they gone made out there? Do we really want perversions that lead to degradation and extinction to be imposed on children in our schools from the primary grades? To be drummed into them that there are various supposed genders besides women and men, and to be offered a sex change operation? Do we want all this for our country and our children? For us, all this is unacceptable, we have a different future, our own future

I repeat, the dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves. This is a challenge for everyone. Such a complete denial of man, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, the suppression of freedom acquiring the features of a “reverse religion” [the opposite of what the religion is] – outright Satanism. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ, denouncing the false prophets, says: By their fruits you shall know them. And these poisonous fruits are already obvious to people – not only in our country, in all countries, including many people in the West itself.

The world has entered a period of revolutionary transformations, they are of a fundamental nature. New development centers are being formed, they represent the majority – the majority! – of the world community and are ready not only to declare their interests, but also to protect them, and see multipolarity as an opportunity to strengthen their sovereignty, which means to gain true freedom, a historical perspective, their right to independent, creative, original development, to a harmonious process.

All over the world, including in Europe and the United States, as I said, we have many like-minded people, and we feel, we see their support. A liberation, anti-colonial movement against unipolar hegemony is already developing within the most diverse countries and societies. His subjectivity will only grow. It is this force that will determine the future geopolitical reality.

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.

The battlefield to which fate and history have called us is the battlefield for our people, for great historical Russia. (Applause) 

For a great historical Russia, for future generations, for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We must protect them from enslavement, from monstrous experiments that are aimed at crippling their minds and souls.

Today we are fighting so that it would never occur to anyone that Russia, our people, our language, our culture can be taken and erased from history. Today, we need the consolidation of the entire society, and such cohesion can only be based on sovereignty, freedom, creation, and justice. Our values ​​are humanity, mercy and compassion.

And I want to end my speech with the words of a true patriot Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin: “If I consider Russia my Motherland, then this means that I love in Russian, contemplate and think, sing and speak Russian; that I believe in the spiritual strength of the Russian people. His spirit is my spirit; his fate is my fate; his suffering is my grief; its flowering is my joy.”

Behind these words is a great spiritual choice, which for more than a thousand years of Russian statehood was followed by many generations of our ancestors. Today we are making this choice, the citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the residents of Zaporozhye and Kherson regions have made this choice. They made the choice to be with their people, to be with the Motherland, to live its destiny, to win together with it.

Behind us is the truth, behind us is Russia!

25 COMMENTS

  1. So sorry Putin. I don’t agree. When the Russian Royal Princd, Peter, came over we put out the red carpet the likes of which has never been seen before nor will be again. We, in the United States put out a gala for him! Anything! He wanted we did all we could for him. Wild West Show? You got it! Smoking peace pipe? Sure. A languid time with the Lily Langtrees? Here you go! Horse roping? You got it! Bison hunt? No problem. TRAIN RIDE? sure! Here’s the whole train! Where do you wanna go. OPERA SINGING? We got you. What’s your favorite song? We’ll play it for ya! Everywhere you go! Enjoy yourself! Why? ‘Cuz we we love you and want you to be happy. And that Prince was. He loved his trip. NO other Prince in the world ever got that treatment nor will they ever again. We did it out of fellow feeling because the US men are magnanimous and always have been. Kind of like your plains tribe guys. A lot in common. So stop whining about our ways. They are about like yours. Let it go.

  2. I kinda agree with him regarding “western elites”. They are a pox on everybody.

    Otherwise, he’s a deranged nut job trying to keep his grip on power. It’s not getting coverage here, but his internal problems are growing.

    We’ve got a mentally unstable fanatic running the US. Russia has a dying despot running it. China has a wannabe Hitler with an unstable economy.

    It’s gonna take a miracle to keep something very bad from happening

  3. A few facts aren’t mentioned in the press. JFK and the American people went nuts when Russia was going to plant missiles in Cuba 90 miles off our coast. Putin and the Russian populace were concerned because the Ukraine was being courted by NATO and NATO wanted to put missiles on Russia’s BORDER.

    Secondly, the Donbass region of the Ukraine which is pro Russia has been under attack by Ukraine forces since 2014. In addition to small arms, mortars and artillery have been used against the civilians leading to over 45,000 casualties as of last year.

    Thirdly, the Ukraine and its comedian leader Zelenskyy are notoriously corrupted. Biden and Hunter are just two of many who have received millions in ill-gotten dollars. Biden’s videotaped threat of withholding a billion dollars of US Taxpayers’ money unless the prosecutor who was indicting Hunter was fired, is a prime example.

    • Agree with you Marlin Savage. This speech is a rare opportunity to see how another world leader views events. It is true Russia was led to believe NATO wouldn’t expand even tho I don’t believe that promise was put in writing. His best line “people cannot be fed with printed dollars and euros” All one has to do is read about Russia’s leaders from Peter the Great and forward to understand why the past is important to Russia. All americans know is western civ and that is their context for everything. If the Referendum was suspicious, then why didn’t the UN/NATO send observers? I can’t take issue with much in his speech except: The nukes we dropped on Japan were necessary as was the bombing of the german cities, the profits from WW2 were used in the Marshall Plan giving Germany lots of bucks.

  4. This is the predictable outcome when you have a demented, senile, Alzheimer’s patient in the White House with a bunch of leftist, psychotic women running him. To all the Wacked-out Trump hating leftists who know in their hearts the 2020 election was stolen for the Democrats:
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    If we go into a nuclear show down with Russia and maybe China, was the stolen election worth the destruction of our country?
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    It would never happen under Trump.

  5. I am no fan of Putin — the man is an unrepentant autocrat — but his criticisms of the sociopath and suicidal ruling class who control the USA and ‘The West’ are entirely on target.

  6. Putin is savvy. Down on the ground, at the human level, the Russian people are not really that different than the people of any other nation. They are just people.
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    For over a millenia, Russia was a Christian nation, with the exception of its intentional destruction by the Bolshevists a little over a century ago. By all appearances, they seem to have returned to their Christian roots. They currently fight for and with God on their side. It may not remain that way for long, or it may, but the vast majority of those within our government have clearly turned their backs on God, with every intention of eliminating reverence of any sort. The Bolshevists are hard at work here, and the liberty and rights that were given to us by God, that are enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and were by design carefully protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, are under an all out assault by those that work to destroy truth and justice, even as they work in positions where they have sworn under oath uphold and defend the Constitution, and to do no such thing.
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    Trust in God, uphold his precepts, and move forward fearlessly. Shine. The power of the people is greater than the people in power. The truth will prevail, and our Republic will be restored. Harness all of your willpower and put your back into it. Lets do this.

  7. That 2nd speech is some intense manipulation, could have started believing it if i didn’t stop reading. putin makes the players of our local assembly and state look childish playing children’s games.

  8. I see wishful thinking, projection, BS, and a very different – defensive even – point of view. Putin is not stupid – merely evil. Deception is the tool of the devil. Putin did get one thing right: “…they have completely moved to a radical denial of moral norms, religion, and family.” And it will, if unchecked, result in the collapse of the West. This speech reminds me of the way Hitler motivated the Germans.

  9. Well then, Pumpkin, I mean Putin, let’s utilitize the age of communication, and have a Real Time World History review. You had your say. Next.
    United Nations might learn something new. International Criminal Courts can bring global financial reperations for those pillaged? Yes?
    Isn’t that the correct way to address crimes
    of the past? How are the seizures of assets working out for your business associates?

  10. If the Russian speakers ofdumbass donbass love Russia so much. They should move there. I doubt anyone is going to try to stop then!!

  11. Thanks for printing out the entire Putin speech, Suzanne. It was long-winded. Verbose to the extent that it started sounding repetitious and meandering. Putin longs for the glory days of the old communists in the Soviet Union. He is not about peace, contentment and progression. He clearly wants to revert back to old style dictatorship, military projection, and continue a dangerous game of brinksmanship with the West. He was thoroughly brainwashed by his KGB training. His sense of history, both Russian and World, is very flawed. He sees only what he wants to see, and disregards many facts. Russia has somewhat isolated itself under Putin. Even his own countrymen would not generally agree with his ideological interpretations. Putin wants a fight. Ukraine is his testing grounds. But Russians do not want a fight.
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    Joe Biden as president has allowed Putin to explore into his trials of military expedition. Putin took advantage of Biden’s position, knowing that striking now is correct timing for his plans. This would never have happened under Donald J. Trump, and most of the world knows it.
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    Most startling to me was that as I read Putin’s speech, his references to certain political themes and posting blame against his political opponents rang an eery bell of similarity regarding another group of malcontents:
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    Democrats.
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    Re-read the Putin speech and think about that.

    • B – Thanks for the note. I thought it important for us to read it ourselves, rather just depend on interpretations by the media. – sd

      • There is a lot of unpleasant truth to what Putin has to say. The US has become a greedy and war mongering nation. The “leaders” of both Russia and the US do not represent The People.

      • To what or to whom? The sociopath, pro-globalist Deep State? George Soros? Bill Gates? The FBI and CIA? The suicidal neocon political establishment? Please be more specific.

      • Tut-tut, Sweeney, don’t get your hackles up: you’re addressing a member of Lenin’s fifth column—a distinguished mongrel and exemplary comrade! With mud on his face, you know that he’s one of Putin’s potato pickers from right off of the field; as such, he doesn’t know “crap” from Shinola—the hallmark of the proletariat!

  12. The Russians have been trying to sow discontent among the U.S. public as well as Western Europeans for years. These efforts have included interfering in the 2016 election, and elections in Europe. Putin’s speech is propaganda that was written to appeal to the Maga cult. Don’t fall for his propaganda,

    Putin tries to justify his invasion of Ukraine on the grounds that it was part of Russia after it was conquered several centuries ago. But Ukraine declared its independence when the Soviet Union dissolved, and has resisted Russian control and occupation since then. When the Soviet Union dissolved, Ukraine possessed a large cache of nuclear weapons. It agreed to destroy all of them, if Russia and the west promised to respect its territorial sovereignty. So even if Russia once controlled Ukraine, it gave up any claim to Ukrainian territory as part of the deal under which Ukraine gave up its nukes. I am pretty sure a Putin would not be messing with Ukraine if it still had the capacity to nuke Moscow.

    Adolf Hitler made similar claims when he annexed Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia. Like Putin, he claimed these areas were historically part of Germany, and that German PS living there needed protection. He promised Britain and France there would be no war if they didn’t intervene. He invaded Poland shortly after making that promise, and thus began WWII.

    The problem with this sort of argument is that the boundaries of countries in Europe have shifted back and forth over time, as Europeans have been fighting wars with each other since the Roman Empire. So if a dictator in Europe looks hard enough, he can find a historical justification for invading his neighbors. Of course, the Mongols invaded and conquered what is now Russia, and Muslims invaded and spread across Southern Europe. Does that mean Mogolia can invade Russia, or that Iran can invade Spain?

    The west learned from its mistake with Hitler. It would not agree to let Putin invade Ukraine, based on the claim that it was historically part of Russia. While the outcome of the war is not certain, Putin clearly underestimated Ukraine, and the resolve of the NATO Allie’s to resist his naked aggression. Now that things are going Ukraine’s way, he is trying desperately to find a way to save face. He knows that Tucker Carlson is pro-Russian because Carlson regularly criticizes NATO’s support of the Ukrainian military and expresses support for Russia. So he loaded up his speech with comments that he hopes will engender sympathy among conservatives who watch FoxNews or get most of their news and their facts from right wing sources.

  13. Just imagine brain-dead Biden trying to give an equivalent speech! He’d have made at least 80 gaffs, slips of the tongue, and Spoonerisms, and probably tried to shake hands with the air at least three or four times, before reading out loud the word “Applause” from his notes, then walking away from the podium and right into a wall.

    • Oh, yeah! Just another one of “them” Jefferson’s! There is no reason to ax you if you’re from the “black sheep” side of the family that signed their names with an “X.” Now you’re out to reclaim your family dignity by lambasting an ol’ man! There is nothing quite like Jeffersonian gratitude for emancipation! And this Jefferson would likely have us all in shackles!

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