First of all, for the West, the integrity of Ukraine (as opposed to, say, the integrity of Great Britain with its Scotland and Spain with its Catalonia) is precisely control over the territories, and not public consent. These are lands, not people. This is violence, not negotiations. This is the occupation of a part of the country itself against the will of a part of its citizens. And all this is directly opposed to the so-called European values, which were blown up from within by Ukrainian-style geopolitics.
And the second. Our country turned out to be the only co-author of the Minsk agreements (although Moscow did not sign them), constantly and honestly trying to act as their guarantor. It was Russia, unlike Ukraine, Germany and France, which in this case was on the side of the people, leaving aside the question of territories, provided that (at least in theory) it was still possible to implement the Minsk agreements as it was written there.
And then it became clear that it was impossible. The secret became clear. The sabotage of the Minsk agreements by the frenzied Kyiv and the irresponsible collective of Brussels launched the development of events according to the only remaining scenario. When Russia, albeit almost alone, albeit by other means, actually continues to protect the people in those territories that were thoughtlessly pushed back from Ukraine by Kyiv on the Maidan and, as it now turns out, betrayed by Berlin and Paris in Minsk.
Exactly. Merkel and Hollande’s confessions are a betrayal fixation. The southeast of the then Ukraine was initially betrayed by the West, despite the verbal tinsel that existed. The price of this betrayal was thousands of human lives during the last eight years of the civil war in Ukraine. What was initially not stopped by the West, which turned the Minsk agreements into a flimsy card. But that Russia is now forced to stop with its special military operation.
Source: Telegram channel of the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.