The Kremlin has long tasked itself with protecting what it broadly calls “Russian-speaking people” throughout the former Soviet Union, especially in Ukraine. With a little bit of protection, some of these people become Russian citizens, eligible for further protection.
Like every urban Ukrainian born in the Russified Brezhnev era, I grew up speaking Russian. Do I need the Kremlin to protect me? No. And neither do my friends.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky clearly doesn’t think so.
State Russian Duma Vice Speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky: Any armed forces, but used to protect. It doesn’t have to be a war, it doesn’t have to be bombing, but let them [Ukraine] know that at any moment Russian paratroopers will appear in the air...will make a landing and will force [Ukraine] into peace...and will protect the lives of our citizens.
Mr. Zhirinovsky, without the bombing, most of your paratroopers will be dead on arrival. Our air defense system will take its toll on your bombers as well.
Remember that Tu-22 and those three Su-25s? The ones you said we had shot down over Georgia?
So you’ll need a full-scale war to talk “peace” to us, and you’ll need a pretext for that. Which means that protecting “Russian-speaking people” has nothing to do with peace and everything to do with irredentism and aggression.
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