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Putin casts Ukraine conflict as a fight for Russia's survival as he seeks reelection

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Russia can't survive unless it is at war apparently. Time to put the diseased bear down!!!

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“If we hadn't protected our people ... we would have turned into a weak country lacking self-sufficiency that no one cares for,” he said. “They would have patronizingly patted us on the shoulder and given us rotten potatoes as humanitarian assistance while thinking how to chip away pieces from us.”

Well you did that even with your lashing out, Putin.

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Sure, Mini-me. In order to survive, fascist Russia needs to invade a sovereign nation, kill tens of thousands of innocent children, women and men - and in doing so extend NATOs membership and border with fascist Russia by thousands of kilometres. Fascist Russia is now more isolated and despised than ever - and that took some doing.

Time to put the diseased bear down!!!

Agree - but may not be needed. Sickly Mini-me is getting shakier by the day.

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Russia had to secure the traditional invasion routes to Moscow on the western frontier. On top of that millions of people (over 6.5 million) in the Donbas clearly agree with that policy.

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JJEToday 08:31 am JST

Russia had to secure the traditional invasion routes to Moscow on the western frontier. On top of that millions of people (over 6.5 million) in the Donbas clearly agree with that policy.

Heading to Kyiv is a war criming way of securing your border. It's all open plains anyways. Kyiv might as well say it needs Moscow as part of its buffer zone.

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The elephant in the room is that all the opposition leaders, including the minuscule jailed ones, support... wait for it... Russian sovereignty over Crimea and next door.

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Fighto!Today  07:38 am JST

Sure, Mini-me. In order to survive, fascist Russia needs to invade a sovereign nation, kill tens of thousands of innocent children, women and men - and in doing so extend NATOs membership and border with fascist Russia by thousands of kilometres. Fascist Russia is now more isolated and despised than ever - and that took some doing.

Time to put the diseased bear down!!!

Agree - but may not be needed. Sickly Mini-me is getting shakier by the day.

It seems that you are very offended. Tell me who offended you. Who are you to hurl such extremist statements at another country?

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Coming after the week which observed the 80th anniversary of the lifting of the nazi Siege of Leningrad. Read books, don't burn them.

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Read books, don't burn them.

Yes, and learn from history. Don't repeat it, Russia.

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@JJE,

The Soviet - Nazi collaboration paved the way for Germany and the Soviet Union to invade and occupy Poland. The attached link at the Holocaust Museum has the details:

Their pact permitted them to carve up spheres of influence in eastern Europe.

With the pact in effect, on September 17, 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east and Germany also attacked Poland on September 1, 1939. These events mark the beginning of World War II. 

The pact goes by several names: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Nazi-Soviet Pact, and Hitler-Stalin Pact. 

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/german-soviet-pact

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Important to understand the many signed agreements western countries struck with Germany before that, which the USSR was not a party to and vigorously opposed. Munich was the last of those, which openly paved the way.

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The Soviet Union then moved to take control of the spheres of influence outlined in the Nazi-Soviet Pact negotiations.

They amended the protocol so that Lithuania and the city of Vilnius (then Wilno, Poland) fell within the Soviet sphere. They also adjusted the boundary they had set in Poland. On September 29, 1939, they partitioned Poland between them. Germany occupied western and most of central Poland. It proceeded to annex the western provinces to the Reich. The Soviet Union occupied and annexed the rest of Poland. 

The Nazi-Soviet Pact enabled the Soviet Union to annex other territories in its sphere of influence. On November 30, 1939, the Soviets attacked Finland. After a four-month war, they annexed Finnish territory along the Soviet border. This territory included the area near Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). In the summer of 1940, the Soviets occupied and incorporated the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. They also seized the Romanian provinces of Northern Bukovina and Bessarabia.

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JJEToday 09:50 am JST

Read books, don't burn them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_List_of_Extremist_Materials

Perhaps you should try reading books instead of burning them. -Henry Jones, Sr.

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Disguising an opinion as fact now. No explanation for the previous pacts.

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