Russian lawmakers suddenly blab what Putin actually wants in Ukraineand it has nothing to do with Nazis.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state TV on Friday that President Vladimir Putin was directly involved in making command decisions with respect to Russias military activities in Ukraine. He urged: Its time to unite around our president, and encouraged those who understand the Kremlins aims to patiently explain them to anyone who doesnt.
Appearing on the state TV show The Evening With Vladimir Soloviev on Friday, lawmaker Andrei Kartapolov, who heads the Russian parliaments defense committee, then set out to justify Putins military activities in Ukraine.
Starting with the most recent news of a terrifying fire caused by the Russian militarys efforts to take control over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Kartapolov claimed that Russian troops were ordered to seize Ukraines nuclear plants to prevent Ukraines President Volodymyr Zelensky from building a dirty bomb with which to attack Russia.
Kartapolovs baseless allegation stemmed solely from Zelenskys statement at the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 19, where he brought up the failure by the signatories to honor the Budapest memorandum, wherein Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal in return for security guarantees. Zelensky requested new security guaranteesor, in the alternative, he stressed that all provisions of the 1994 agreement would be void. This statement contained no threats towards Russia, but was convenient enough to be appropriated as one of Putins claims as to why Ukraine somehow posed a threat to its larger neighbor.
On Solovievs showan Orwellian environment, typical of the Russian state media the host and every panelist repeatedly denied the obvious, attempting to disprove the notion that Russia is at war with Ukraine. Soloviev asked: Are we de facto at war with NATO? Kartapolov concurred: De facto, we are at war with NATO, because all of Ukraines military formations are carrying out NATOs tasks... NATO is also solving another problem, getting rid of Europes excess migrants by sending them to fight in Ukraine. He pompously concluded: God is not in power, but in truth.
As to the Kremlins aims in Ukraine, Kartapolov explained them in detail: Our position is clear and transparent, including during these negotiations. The essence is as follows: Ukraine will recognize Crimea as the Russian Federation, as well as DPR/LPR [Donetsk Peoples Republic and Luhansk Peoples Republic] within their administrative borders. Ukraine will change its social and state system and become a neutral, demilitarized country. Thats it.
As for demilitarization, Zatulin said that even specific kinds of weapons Russia wants to eliminate from Ukraine are being discussed during talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations.
The banter revealed Putins apparent strategy in Ukraine: destroy Ukraines infrastructure and cause widespread desperation with a brutal military assault, which would then compel the Ukrainian government to concede to Putins terms and leave their positions or face a violent removal by force. Its a land grab of Eastern Ukraine, followed by the transformation of the rest of the country into a powerless vassal state, controlled and headed by Putins puppets. To break Ukraines resolve, the Kremlin likely intends to replicate the brutality it demonstrated in Syria and Chechnya.
The devastation Putins military campaign has already caused to its neighboring country was of no concern to the pro-Putin pundits. In a glib and nonchalant manner, Soloviev noted: Ukraine is sinking into the stone age. Most of its territories are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Nonetheless, he encouraged the Russian government not to stop their military operation, known in the rest of the world as brutal, unprovoked war.
Soloviev added: It should be understood that this is not a war against Ukraine or the Ukrainian people, but a military operation... of denazification and demilitarization of NATOs fist that was directed at us. Zatulin chimed in: This is a war against the West, a war against NATO. The host agreed: Of course. This is a battle from the war that started on May 9, 1945, when they pretending that theyre with uswere getting ready to destroy us.
Like a mantra, state television talking heads are making references to World War II, invoking the spirit of a fight against Nazism for no other reason but to whitewash Putins latest land grab in progress.
Lawmakers and pundits essentially debunked Putins claim that he invaded Ukraine to remove what he said is a Nazi governmentwhich is, incidentally, headed by a Jewish man. Instead of demystifying the Kremlins agenda for the masses, state media demonstrated that in Putins Russia, anyone who dares to oppose Putin is described as a Nazi, to the point where the term is devoid of its original meaning.
On Solovievs show, political scientist and professor of history Elena Ponomareva asserted: Were fighting not only against NATO, but also against the Nazi European Union.
Two days earlier, on a state TV show 60 Minutes, journalist Andrei Sidorchik rode the concept all the way down the hill when he exclaimed: Joe Biden is a Nazi. The U.S. congressmenDemocrat and Republicanare Nazis... German chancellor is a Nazi... EU leaders are Nazis... because their sanctions are attempting to preserve neo-Nazism in Ukraine.