First of all, I feel I have to explain why am I posting this one in english; the reason is that I have friends both in Russia and Ukraine whom I have been talking about the recent events; between that and the fact that my russian is nearly not better than their spanish the fair way to go is english (which given the case it’s also somehow ironic).
There’s a lot of fuzz all over the world about this so called “invasion” and “hostile take over” but I have notice that most of the time people (news reporters included) are just talking about it with no real or background information, they are just repeating other’s opinions, so here is mine.
As I wrote earlier, this opinion came from what I discussed with people that actually live over those countries, plus what I have managed to read about in different sources (the most ridiculous by the way, courtesy of another friend’s retweeted). There are some facts that cannot be forgotten ¿What was the beginning of all the conflict?
Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich was getting ready to approve and agreement for the association of his country with the European Union, when suddenly he realised that this agreement would imply lot’s of economic consequences for them, so with every bit of legitimacy he decided not sign it, a decision that was legally and in every aspect his to make (as the constitutional and legitimate president of the country).
At this point something very curios happened; street protests started, but somehow they appeared to be increasingly sponsored by countries in the European Union, in fact there were speakers from the EU urging to protest against this decision of Ukraine’s government. The protests and the violence escalated until President Yanukovich -clearly desperate- offered the post of Prime Minister to one of the opposition leaders.
Now a small note:
From all the people, press, associations, etc, that are now charging at President Putin, I have not heard anyone condemning the violence at the protests in Ukraine, the armed rebels, the molotov cocktail thrown at the police, and some more atrocities.
After that, it is pretty straight forward. It is obvious that Crimea represents a lot of economic benefits to Russia or any other country, and for that it logically follows that they will try to take it, but there’s also the fact that Crimea was part of Russia until 1954 and it has a dramatical majority of russians which in the commotion chose to run for shelter away from the mees that was left out in Ukraine.
There’s a lot to consider in the mid time, here’s the time line:
- President Yanukovich appointed Yatseniuk, leader of the opposition as prime minister
- There was a sing agreement for peace that involved a new government for december 2014, in return of stoping the violence in the streets; This agreement was witnessed by ministers of Germany, France and Poland
- The agreement then was unfulfilled by the opposition
- President Yanukovich had to leave the country under threats
- The first action of the “new government” was to cancel a language law that granted some privilege to small etnias in Ukraine, russians among them
- Envoys of this new government arrived in other parts of Ukraine to consolidate the new rules
- In Crimea they try to capture the headquarters of the Inner State Ministry
- Crimea’s authorities asked President Putin for help, in order to restore and guaranty the peace
- Putin, sent the matter to the Russian Federal Council, according to their constitution and was given permission to use armed forces in Ukraine’s territory
- March 11: The Suprime Council of Crimea approved their declaration of independence
- March 16: With an overwhelming and abrupt majority Crimea’s citizens approved their request to return to Russia
There’s a lot of room for speculation but it is my point of view that all Putin did was beat the European Union to seize Ukraine, or at least part of it.