3 Feb 2022 3:16 pm
Millions of Ukrainians would welcome annexation with Russia with open arms and would be happy to break free from Kiev’s control in the event of an invasion. This was pointed out by a former officer in the Ukrainian army in view of the tensions between Moscow and Kiev.
Speaking on Internet TV channel Espreso on Saturday, former Ukrainian general and now People’s Deputy Mikhail Zabrodsky gave his opinion on which parts of Ukraine have a high proportion of citizens who would support secession from Kiev.
According to him, part of the Ukrainians are “waiting for the Russian army” and would not resist in the event of an invasion. He stressed that there was no need to take the capital as Moscow forces would have a large part of Ukrainian territory under their control. Sabrodski emphasized:
“This refers to that part of the population that still dreams of some kind of Novorossiyya, of becoming another province or part of the southern federal district of Russia.”
Novorossiya or Novorossiya is a historical term referring to a large area that was formerly part of the Russian Empire and is now under the control of Kiev.
According to Sabrodski, these include Kharkov, Dnieper, Cherson and Odessa. He believes that after conquering these territories, Russia would be able to bring to power forces that would obey Moscow’s will. The former commander added:
“In this way, all the objectives of the hybrid campaign launched in 2014 would be achieved.”
His comments come at a time when the situation on the border between Russia and Ukraine continues to deteriorate. Western politicians and media are spreading panic over an alleged impending Russian invasion. However, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied that it has any plans to attack.
Following a diplomatic meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington has concerns about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine given “the facts and the history”. He was referring to Crimea’s reunification with Russia in 2014 after a referendum voted in favor of it by the vast majority of people in the peninsula. The reunification itself was a consequence of the Kiev Maidan, during which violent street protests overthrew the democratically elected government in Kiev.
Ukraine does not recognize the referendum in Crimea and continues to regard the peninsula as part of its territory. Russia has previously been accused of wanting to recapture its historic territories.
In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin said:
“I would like to remind you that what was called Novorossiya in the tsarist era – Kharkov, Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Nikolayev and Odessa – was not part of Ukraine.”
“These areas were given to Ukraine by the Soviet government in the 1920s. And why? God knows why. Russia lost these areas for various reasons, but the people stayed.”
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