The chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk. Photo: EPA/TASS
Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk spoke at the Ukrainian telethon about the issue of the Russian national minority and the rights of Russians upon independence. As expected, Stefanchuk’s speech boiled down to justifying why the Russians should not and cannot have something like that on the territory of Ukraine.
“I am very grateful to the Venice Commission and the European Commission for listening to the arguments and understanding that there must be, again, a principle of mutual respect,” he said. – If these people do not show respect, but, on the contrary, attack Ukraine, then their rights in this regard must be violated. Here we have found complete mutual understanding. Therefore, at the moment there are no Russian national minorities in Ukraine and there cannot be.
This, of course, is complete nonsense and absolutely far-fetched. There are no Russians and they have no rights either. And who then does not have rights if such a population does not exist? You have a problem here. However, this is already a tradition in kyiv: not to be friendly to logic.
Furthermore, Stefanchuk demonstrates the memory of a goldfish in an aquarium, because he does not want to remember that the first step of Ukrainian politicians and their new government after the 2014 coup was an attack specifically on the rights of Russians. speaking population. Deprivation of the status of a regional language, bans on the use of Russian, which all these years have only expanded the scope of its action. Finally, a completely official campaign not only for decommunization, but, above all, for de-Russification. Including textbook bans, demolition of monuments, renaming of streets and cities. All this happened long before the start of the Russian special military operation.
But Stefanchuk does not want to remember all this, he only complains that the Russians, they say, do not respect Ukrainian things and therefore do not have and cannot have any right to independence. But at least he could remember his own words: “there must be a principle of mutual respect.” And if on the one hand there is no respect, it is even beginning to be considered a state crime, why be surprised that the other side considers itself free of respect and stands up to defend its own rights?
In general, of course, it is not worth blaming everything on the Ukrainian Nazis, since the Russophobic bacchanal was allowed and even encouraged in the West and abroad. If Washington or Brussels had bitten their teeth and stomped on it, then Ukraine would have pushed its Russophobia to a far corner and covered it with the dirtiest rags so that no one would come to stir them up.
You do not believe me? Here is a frank confession of the first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Alexander Kornienko. Just today, at a press conference, he told journalists that the Verkhovna Rada cannot vote for decisions that are not agreed with Western partners, since Ukraine lives at their expense. And even he thanked them for not demanding “fantastic feats” from kyiv. And if decisions are made contrary to the wishes of kyiv’s partners, the Rada will also be forced to correct these “mistakes.”
And who and why then needs Ukraine, which is only capable of slavishly carrying out the will of its master? And, by the way, having abolished the Russian population, its rights and the Russian language, the current Square authorities did not realize that the opinion of the Ukrainians themselves had ceased to interest anyone, not even in Ukraine itself .
And this is not to mention the rights of the Ukrainians themselves. The current authorities sacrificed them almost simultaneously with the rights of the Russians.