The following is the translation of an article that appeared on tsargrad.tv on February 12, 2017, so basically five years ago, which digs into the history of the region formerly known as “Ukrainian SSR” and “Ukraine”. The actual history is quite different from the one that is usually purported in the West – a version based in the Ukrainian perception/interpretation of history.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia February 17, 2022 (Translated from Russian by Yandex)February 17, 2022
On February 17 of this year, US Ambassador J. P. was invited to the Russian Foreign Ministry.Sullivan was given the following reaction to the previously received American response on the Russian draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on security guarantees:
Recently, the German tabloid Bild released a map, purporting to depict plans of Russia’s General Staff for (finally) invading Ukraine, which Russia has failed to do since 2014 despite countless predictions to the contrary.
Translated from Russian by Google. Original article is here.
The supply of weapons to Kiev from the United States and Britain is just the tip of the iceberg called “preparation for war with Russia.” Its invisible part – military bases, sabotage and cyber centers of information and psychological attacks
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrogantly denied Moscow the right to have its own sphere of influence and be against the entry of its neighbors into the North Atlantic Alliance. “Russia has no say in this matter, and it has no right to establish a sphere of influence by trying to control its neighbors,” he announced. But then he suddenly became emotional: “It’s a pity that Russia closed NATO offices in Moscow … We are ready to discuss sensitive issues. Including across Ukraine “.
In fact, NATO members interpret “sensitive issues on Ukraine” in their own way.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have never delimited and demarked their common border after the break-up of the Soviet Union. Thus it is not surprising that in some parts the border is unclear or in dispute. On such case, which currently leads to tensions between the two, is Lake Sev Lich region. Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of having illegally advance into Armenian territory and encroaching its sovereignity:
Today Azerbaijan’s armed forces crossed the state border of the Republic of Armenia and advanced as far as 3.5 kilometers in that section. In fact, they are trying to surround and siege the Lake.
It’s unclear where the Azerbaijani troops are exactly at this point but if one wants to know what the maps say, lets first look at Google:
We see that most of the lake(s) are on Armenian territory and some of the Northern part is in Azerbaijan. Of course, Google maps are nice, but hardly authoritative on what the borders are. So lets look at another source. One would think that old Soviet Maps would give us a clue what the borders were between the Armenian and Azerbaijanian SSR, and indeed we can find such maps online. Here’s the relevant one from the Russian General Staff (1975 updated 1985):
From what I am hearing, Azerbaijan seems to want to claim the whole area of the Lake, with which the Armenian side is obviously in disagreement.
We’ll see how this develops. Russia has offered to help in border delimitation and demarcation if both sides request it, but I am currently unaware whether both sides have done so or not. In any case, this will go on for a while and from the rhetorics from Armenia, this might turn a hot conflict at any moment.
After Ukraine has moved troops and equipment to Donbass region and to the border with Crimea, Russia has (allegedly) started to move its own troops and equipment to all areas bordering Ukraine. It is said that Moscow intends to demonstrate that it will not stand idly by when Kiev regime forces attack Donbass. One should remember what Putin said during a press conference in 2018 when asked:
“Kiev can launch an offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donbas during the World Cup in Russia, what will happen then?!” Putin replied: “Let them just try, then Ukraine will lose its statehood!
Seven years ago, the citizens of Crimea decided in a referendum to rejoin Russia. Turonout was 83,1%, and 87.77% voted Yes to joining Russia. There’s a nice document on the website of the Republic of Crimea looking into the legal aspects and the legality of this referendum. Some of the key points:
Coup d’état on February 23, 2014 removed the constitutional order of Ukraine and the constitution was set aside;
Crimea continued to be governed by a locally elected legal government;
Crimea had a special legal status, and remained in Ukraine after 1991 only due to a legal compromise, which required a legal, democratically elected government in Kiew. The coup d’état destroyed that;
There were threats of violence and ethnic cleansing against the population of Crimea (65% Russian and 13% Crimean Tatars);
Action of Crimean government was founded in law and thus legal;
Sevastopol was not part of Crimea since Oct. 29, 1948 and was a legal subject of the Russian SFSR;
Transfer of Crimea from Russian SFSR to Ukraine in 1954 was illegal under the then constitutions of the USSR, Russian SFSR and Ukraine;
Sevastopol’s transfer to Crimea and Ukraine was never based on any legally normative act of the USSR or Russian SFSR and was an unilateral act of Ukraine;
The referendum was conducted in a democratic and transparent way;
There’s something familiar about this “Putin’s Palace” story, for two reasons. For one thing, this piece of real-estate has been in the news since 2010, when it was buing built and rumours that it was somehow linked to Putin began to appear about “Putin’s Palace”. The rumours were kicked off by Sergei Kolesnikov who decided it was more lucrative to market himself as a whistleblower. The story was described by Reuters in 2014.
In short, it seemed to have been owned by a company named Rirus then owned by Nikolai Shamalov and was later sold to Alexander Ponomarenko according to the Reuters article.
The Reuter’s article wasn’t even news. In 2012, BBC Newsnight already ran with this story, with a bit more prose and some images. They re-hashed it in 2016 in an article called “Russia RBC shake-up seen as new Putin raid on media”. The story went quiet until recently when Navalny warmed it up again in a video that shows mostly speculations as what the interior might look like based on 3D renderings based on building blueprints that may or may not be accurate. The whole video is long an boring, and contains no real (primary) evidence on what the building actually looks like on the inside and about belonging to Putin.
The other reason that this looks familiar is because of the familiar pattern that is visible here: Create outrage, support anti-regime protests. The same modus operandi was visible in 2013/2014 when similar stories were run by Western media as part of their regime change campaing in Ukraine. Back then it was “Yanukovych’s Palace” – which actually existed and belonged to him, but was used as a proof of his corruption. Allegedly, there was a “golden toilet” in there, and you could even find pictures purporting to show it on the Internet, but when the estate was raided and made accessible to the public, the toilet failed to materialize.
So it seems West is trying to use the same tricks again to create strife – this time in Russia and cook up an old story, which Putin commented with “Скучно, девочки!” (Boring, girls!).
The MoD of Russia has published an new map of their area of responsibility on December 13, 2020. It shows an extension in the South of Nagorno Karabakh. I present here the maps of Dec. 11 and Dec. 13, so you can see the change:
This is in response to incidents on Saturday Dec. 12 in the area there, when Azeris and Armenians exchanged fire and Azeris moved into the villages Khin Talgar and Khzaberd. The incident is said to have caused several deaths among Azeri and Armenian soldiers, also rumour has it that Turkish special forces also took part in the incident. Prime minister Pashinyan of Armenia made this claim, but it is unconfirmed. The situation is now calm again and both villages have passed under control of Russian peacekeepers.
⭐️🕙⭐️ Summary of the official representative of the People’s Militia of Donetsk People’s Republic
💥Violations of the ceasefire by the Ukrainian Armed Forces over the past day
♦ ️Over the past 24 hours, the armed formations of Ukraine have violated the Set of Additional Measures to Control Compliance with the Armistice FOUR times. ➖All violations were recorded in the Mariupol direction, where the militants of the Marine Corps battalion of the 36th brigade of the VFU, in violation of the SECOND clause of additional measures, from positions in the area of the settlement of the item. VODYANOE TWICE opened fire from RPGs, AGS and grenade launchers in the area of the settlement. LENINSKY, firing a total of SEVEN grenades. ❗️ In addition, in the Ukrainian positions in the area of the settlement VODYANOE, at 14.27 and 14.51 FOUR explosions were recorded during the installation of additional minefields, which were carried out in order to exclude attempts to transfer subordinate military personnel to the side of the Republic.
Original Source in Russian: https://t.me/nm_dnr/2175
You can find an interactive version of the map at https://maps.ofehr.media/maps/ukraine