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Full text of Vladimir Putin’s speech on the recognition of the DPR and the LPR February 21, 2022: transcript

President Vladimir Putin decided to recognize the Donbass republics. we publish the transcript of the speech of the president of Russia on February 21, 2022


Vladimir Putin: Dear citizens of Russia! Dear friends!

The subject of my speech is the events in Ukraine and why it is so important for us, for Russia. Of course, my appeal is also addressed to our compatriots in Ukraine.

You will have to talk in detail and in detail. The question is very serious.

The situation in the Donbas has once again acquired a critical and acute character. And today I am addressing you directly not only to assess what is happening, but also to inform you about the decisions that are being made, about possible further steps in this direction.

Let me emphasize once again that Ukraine for us is not just a neighboring country. It is an integral part of our own history, culture, spiritual space. These are our comrades, relatives, among whom are not only colleagues, friends, former colleagues, but also relatives, people connected with us by blood and relatives.

For a long time, the inhabitants of the historical lands of the South-West of Ancient Russia called themselves Russians and Orthodox. This was the case until the 17th century, when part of these territories were reunified with the Russian state, and after.

It seems to us that, in principle, we all know this, that we are talking about well-known facts. At the same time, in order to understand what is happening today, to explain the reasons for Russia’s actions and the goals that we set for ourselves, it is necessary to say at least a few words about the history of the problem.

So, I will start with the fact that modern Ukraine was fully and completely created by Russia, more precisely, Bolshevik and communist Russia. This process began almost immediately after the revolution of 1917, and Lenin and his associates did it very rudely to Russia itself: separating, uprooting part of its own historical territories. Of course, no one questioned the millions of people who lived there.

Then, on the eve and after the Great Patriotic War, Stalin already annexed the USSR and transferred to Ukraine some lands that previously belonged to Poland, Romania and Hungary. At the same time, as a kind of compensation, Stalin endowed Poland with part of the original German territories, and in 1954 Khrushchev, for some reason, took Crimea from Russia and also gave it to Ukraine. Actually, this is how the territory of Soviet Ukraine was formed.

But now I would like to pay special attention to the initial period of the creation of the USSR. I think this is very important to us. You have to go, as they say, from afar.

Let me remind you that after the October Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent Civil War, the Bolsheviks began to build a new state, and quite sharp disagreements arose between them. Stalin, who in 1922 combined the positions of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the RCP (b) and People’s Commissar for Nationalities, proposed to build the country on the principles of autonomization, that is, to provide the republics -future administrative-territorial units – broad powers when united to a single state.

Lenin criticized this plan and offered to make concessions to the nationalists, as he then called them, “independents”. It was these Leninist ideas, in fact a confederate state system and the motto about the right of nations to self-determination until secession, that formed the basis of the Soviet state: first, in 1922, they were enshrined in the Declaration on the Formation of the USSR, and then, after the death of Lenin, and in the Constitution of the USSR in 1924.

Many questions immediately arise here. And the first of them, in fact the main one: why was it necessary to satisfy any unlimitedly growing nationalistic ambitions on the outskirts of the old empire from the shoulder of the lord? To transfer to the newly formed, and often arbitrarily formed, administrative units, the united republics, huge territories that often had nothing to do with them. I repeat, to broadcast together with the population of historical Russia.

Moreover, in fact, these administrative units were given the status and form of national state formations. I wonder again: why was it necessary to make such generous gifts, which the most ardent nationalists had never dreamed of before, and even give the republics the right to secede from the United States without any conditions?

To be continue.


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