In addition to the “special military operation” in Ukraine, putin started another one – “special passport operation”. The russian president decided that residents of four regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye – could receive citizenship in a simplified manner, writes Ukrainian journalist Vitaly Portnikov for graniru.org …..
Why exactly these regions, and not, for example, Kharkiv or Sumy? But because the occupation and annexation of the Kharkiv and Sumy regions is not included in putin’s immediate plans. His decree is a signal not even to the outside world, not to Ukraine, but to our own “elite”: get ready, we are joining new “subjects of the federation”, although the occupied Ukrainian regions are rather objects, not subjects. It is no coincidence that putin’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov says to the governors that they should not wait for federal support: the remaining money will go to the enraged army and also to the occupied lands of Ukraine – this is where the Klondike for stealing from the budget.
Certification of foreign territories is a favorite russian trick. First, passports are distributed, and then Moscow begins to make claims to foreign lands. This began under Yeltsin, when russian passports were handed out in Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and, by the way, in Crimea. In 2008, “protecting the interests of russian citizens” served as a justification for the russian attack on Georgia and the actual annexation of its autonomies. Now almost the same trick is being played with the Ukrainian regions.
It can be said that russia is not the only state that distributes its passports to “compatriots”: Hungary is doing this in neighboring countries, Romania … But only Hungary – even under Orban – needs Hungarians, with whom it does not want to lose historical ties, Romania – Romanians. And russia does not care about russians and “russian-speaking” people. Were we not convinced of this when the russians bombed Kharkiv and Mariupol, or now, when Bakhmut and Severodonetsk are being wiped off the face of the earth? Don’t we remember that when the Turkmen ruler Saparmurat Niyazov decided to ditch the agreement with russia on dual citizenship and deprive them of their russian passports, Moscow simply chose not to notice this – because Turkmen gas is more important than some russians.
russians for putin are just a tool to satisfy his criminal ambitions. He indifferently uses his own citizens as cheap cannon fodder and examines the specimens presented to him in the hospital with the curiosity of an entomologist. And “compatriots” from other countries are not even insects for him, but just a tool for the occupation of these countries. He is ready to destroy civilians with ballistic missiles, let women and children be torn to pieces by his own wild army, and give russian passports to those who survive after shelling and rape – so that they can shoot and kill further, already in the next regions intended for destruction.
That, in fact, is the whole point of all putin’s special operations – both military and passport. The point is to kill.