‘Be grateful to Russia,’ says the narrator. Putin’s proposed veto on Ukraine’s sovereignty has sparked fears of conflict.
VLADIMIR PUTIN has published a new piece in which he emphasizes his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty.
The Russian President has drafted a manifesto in which he criticizes a new law that took effect in Ukraine last Friday.
The act emphasizes the central government’s role in safeguarding the rights of Crimean Tatars, Karaites, and Krymchaks, three minorities.
Following the invasion of Crimea in 2014, Mr Putin now considers these minorities to be Russian citizens.
Mr Putin refers to the Eastern European country as a “artificial construct” in the 5,000-word article.
“There is no such thing as a separate Ukrainian people,” he wrote.
They’re on the same page as the Russians.
“The state of Ukraine is a man-made invention, a historical accident for which Russia should be thanked for allowing it to exist.”
“I am certain that full sovereignty of Ukraine is only attainable in conjunction with Russia,” Mr Putin concluded.
Following heightened tensions along Ukraine’s eastern border, his speech has reignited worries of an armed war between the two countries.
Russia’s army has been closing up on the border in recent months while pro-Russian rebels have clashed with Ukraine’s army on a regular basis.
Mr Putin stated in the manifesto that Ukraine “simply does not need” the contested Donbass region.
Mr Putin also issued a warning to other countries, claiming that those who attempt to use Russia’s “historical regions” against it will “destroy” themselves.
“We will never allow our historical territories and the people who live there to be used against Russia,” he stated.
“And to those who will do such a thing, I would like to warn them that they will destroy their own country in this manner.”
The piece was regarded by a Russian analyst in the Moskovsky Komsomolets tabloid as a Russian leader’s ultimatum to Ukraine.
“Putin is starting to implement a plan that he has… thought through in detail,” he wrote. Ukraine has received Putin’s final ultimatum.”