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Putin: keeper of European values

Putin: keeper of European values
Article by: Olena Zakharchenko
Translated by: Christine Chraibi

It turns out that our previous president (Yanukovych-Ed.) was a true European politician. He was an advocate of the real Europe, not the imaginary one that we’ve made up.

Ukrainians have long believed that the most important European values include human life, equality and democracy, and that we should adhere to basic democratic principles. However, all of this has turned out to be completely false!

It turns out that stability and comfort constitute the most important principles in the world. Moreover, those who disturb global stability – even though they want to implement the above-mentioned ideas in their own third-rate country – must be destroyed.

Remember that at the beginning of last December we actually expected Obama and Merkel to come to Kyiv, that the West “would put pressure on Yanukovych, and he would make certain concessions because he did not want to be banned” – this is a quote from an eminent political analyst. None of that happened…

Things became even worse… There, right in the middle of a big European city, police and special forces, showing neither shame nor fear before news cameras, proceeded to beat and kill unarmed, innocent people who were holding funny wooden shields and wearing strange-looking plastic helmets. Millions of Europeans watched these scenes of barbaric savagery on TV, and nobody screamed in shock or fright.

Then Russia invaded our country, snatched a piece of our territory, and obviously wants more. Then something even more surprising happened. Instead of isolating Russia, declaring war, breaking off diplomatic relations, recalling respective ambassadors – all the things that should be imposed on an aggressor country that has violated all existing peace treaties – the international community put more and more pressure on Ukraine – pressure and requests to give everything up.

Do Russians want to devour us? Well, let them try. We’ve lived with them for 300 years, and now Russia says that we are an integral part of its territory… Why shouldn’t we give up and confirm this fact? Why not give Crimea, the Donbas and Poltava Oblasts to Russia if that satisfies the Kremlin? And so, there will be no more instability and discomfort in the world.

You’re really fighting for democracy and human rights, are you? But, these aren’t European values, they’re just words. Europeans are practical people. They understand that the world revolves around money and mutual understandings, and all these statements about good and evil are truly pathetic, not at all funny, and wont’ satisfy anyone. Hand Ukraine over to Russia so that they can continue living and doing business as before. Ukrainians have done something wrong, let’s fix it and forget it! The Customs Union and federalization represent the right path towards a stable, comfortable and peaceful Europe. And if – as Europe takes leave – you out there have any problems with the national question, some sort of language oppression, or destruction of culture, you know, we won’t abandon you … we’ll be deeply concerned.


Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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