Despite the Russian apologists claim that Ukraine is part of Russia, they do so without any bearing of the realities that exist. Maps change over time and new countries are born or fall, as has always been the case and will continue into the future.
Ukraine became an independent nation in 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian people have no more interest in becoming a part of Russia than others lost after the Soviets fell. Ukraine chose independence, which her people are currently fighting to keep. The borders were set, and new lines drawn to replace the old.
What happened prior to 1991 has no bearing on anything. Empires rise and fall. Territory gained and lost. Empires who fall and lose territory have no legitimate territorial claim to the land they once possessed. It must be retaken through war.
One of the claims apologists use to justify Putin’s action in Ukraine is a shared language. Most people in Ukraine speak Ukrainian, not Russian. It matters little to the apologists who stick to the claim.
Language alone does not guarantee the holding of territory. Even if every Ukrainian spoke Russian, they would still be Ukrainian.
England had the largest empire the world has ever known. There was a reason it was said the sun never set on the British Empire. There was no time of the day where the sun was not shining on their colonies.
Should England be entitled to every English-speaking country in the world, because they used to be part of the British Empire?
Of course not. They have no more say over independent English-speaking nations than Russia has on perceived Russian-speaking countries. Once a nation is independent from a mother country, there is no claim of dependence.
There is also the claim of old maps having meaning, when they do not. Formerly being part of Russia does not make Ukraine part of Russia. Any more than any old maps that no longer apply anywhere else in the world.
If old maps are important, Israel would have claim to Jordan, since the Balfour Agreement included both countries as they exist today as a single Jewish state.
There is no real justification for the Russian apologists can make to defend Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. No legitimate claims of traditional warfare, at any rate.
The simple fact is, Putin wanted Ukraine and used whatever propaganda was convenient. He sent his conscripts to take it at any cost. That included bombing nuclear power sites and other civilian locations.
What happens after wars or negotiated borders is the creation of an independent nation or expansion of another nation. A former mother country has no legitimate claim to lost territory. Ukraine, despite what the apologists claim, is no more a part of Russia than Poland or the American state of Alaska.
If Russia has no legitimate claim, despite the various statements made by apologists, why did Putin order the invasion without cause?
He did not do it for any other reason than he could. Putin saw weakness from most of Europe and the United States, and took advantage of that weakness. He knew the same reaction would occur as the last time he invaded under weak leadership.
He does not believe Ukrainians are Russians any more than his conscripts. If he truly believed his own propaganda, he would not be ordering attacks civilians and nuclear power plants and the conscripts would not be fighting. Putin has no more problem with Ukrainian civilian deaths at any cost, as the conscripts carrying out their orders.
One does not order an attack on people perceived to be their own nor fire on those same people. The targets are not military in nature, but hospitals and nuclear power plants, to name just two of many. Civilians trying to escape are targeted for death.
No one, including the Russian conscripts, really believes Ukraine is a natural extension of Russia and the Ukrainians are, by default, Russians. If the conscripts believed the people of Ukraine were their fellow Russians, would they be firing at the targets clearly not military in nature?
No, they would not. The view Ukrainians as the enemy. All Ukrainians, regardless of age are targeted for death without a thought behind killing everyone they can.
The only thing Putin and the oligarchs care about is the soil. If he can take the whole of Ukraine, he can blackmail the world into doing whatever he wishes. The breadbasket of Europe is important on the world stage.
The loss of it to a former KGB psychopath should not be allowed. Yet, those who should be standing up to Putin refuse to do so.
Despite what the propagandists claim, Ukraine is not part of Russia. Russia has no territorial claim of any kind. They are an independent nation fighting for their lives and many civilians have been slaughtered by unquestioning conscripts.