Russia clearly does not view the part of the Donbass occupied by the Ukrainian armed forces as separate from that held by the separatists. The Donbass has the most pro-Russian population of all Ukraine, and votes for pro-Russian candidates despite the propaganda about Russian aggression…
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree expanding the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to include all residents of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The July 17 move comes after Putin, just days after Volodymyr Zelenskiy won Ukraine’s presidential runoff on April 21, issued a decree to simplify the process for Ukrainian citizens in “certain areas” of the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions to get Russian citizenship — a reference to areas held by Russia-backed separatists.
Read my earlier articles on this topic (here and here)
I watched this Russian report on Oliver Stone’s new movie about Ukraine, “Ukraine: the Untold Story”. It contains a segment in which Putin explains his position on Ukrainian identity and his vision for the integration of the two countries…
“I actually think, [the Ukrainians and Russians] are a single people, with a common history, religion, there are many connections between people, that is familial connections. Meanwhile, if a significant part of the people in Ukraine consider they need to underscore their identity, fight for this, nobody in Russia has anything against this. Neither I am against it. We are simply saying that because we have a lot in common, we can use it as our competitive edge, provided there are particular integration processes.”
Oliver Stone’s film was supposed to have been aired in Ukraine on the 112 TV channel. The building of the TV station was shot at from a mortar recently, and the airing pulled from the broadcast.
I support the registration of Russian liberal opposition candidates for the municipal election, and don’t believe they were unable to gather the signatures needed. Furthermore, I believe that the powers that be are turning the municipal elections into a farce, when United Russia candidates are campaigning as independents now.
TV Dozhd’ has encountered this individual in the crowds of Moscow protesters…
In the video segment below he say’s Russia deserves a government like in Ukraine…
I wish Vologymyr Zelensky good luck in his fight against corrupt officials in Ukraine but the man has just gotten started. This Myroshnichenko clearly prefers Moscow to Ukraine, so whose government is doing what right?
When it comes to registering parties for elections in Ukraine, the party of Anatoly Shariy was taken down from the electoral race after being registered. So Ukraine in this respect does not seem any better than Russia.
I believe that any self-respecting Russian should boycott Georgian products (Ukrainian products are prohibited in Russia already). And only lift that boycott when Georgian winemakers burn down the Rustavi 2 headquarters and lynch the employees of that station…
To be honest, I have never seen Borjomi sold anywhere else than in Russia and Georgia…
This fuckface above is the is the director of the Georgian opposition TV Channel, Rustavi 2, and he promises to piss in the drinks that are exported to Russia. Borjomi is a mineral water, and I like it to be honest, but I do not like the thought of this fool pissing in my water.
I honestly think, certain forces in Georgia want to whip up Russophobic hysteria to damage the country economically. Georgians are too hotheaded to realise this this. Nevetheless, Russia ought to punish these limitrophes for Russophobia. So far the reaction to these provocations is surprisingly weak.
That said however, Russians ought to stop travelling to Georgia while the Georgians don’t cool it. I don’t quite see what draws Russians to that place apart from close proximity. Tbilisi is a crumbling town that smells like piss, I bet there are quite a few of those in Russia too. These are not my photos but I confirm having seen the city in such a state, and it shows the people there lack money to rebuild their houses, then you assholes like the one above that purposefully damage relations with a large neighboring country.
Georgia has some stunning hiking locations but Russia also has Caucausus.