John Ransom

Vladilyich Wrote: Ukraine has always been a part of Russia. The word "Ukraine" is actually the Slavic word for "Border". It has been a border state of Russia since the time of the Tsars. Well over 50% of those that live in Ukraine are ethnic Russians. I can't blame the Russian administration for wanting to protect them from the terrorists. - The Boneless Wonder Works Magic in Ukraine

Dear Tavarish Vlad,


The CIA Fact Book and a census by the Ukrainian government itself in 2010 peg the number of Russians in Ukraine at about 17.3 percent. In the census of 2001, almost 70 percent of people claimed Ukrainian as their primary language, while less than 30 percent claimed Russian. Later I’ll explain why that’s important.

But so what? Let’s say the number of Russian speakers is higher than that.

Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland had large number of ethnic Germans, but that didn’t give Hitler the right to invade any of those countries. In fact, historians now agree that the “ethnic problem” was mostly a pretext that Hitler used to cobble together a greater German Reich.

It’s interesting that Germany used the same pretext that you are using: ethnicity.

"The German Reich is no longer willing to tolerate the suppression of ten million Germans across its borders,” proclaimed Hitler to the Reichstag in a three hour speech just prior to annexing Austria.

The “suppression” was largely a matter of myth aimed at Austria and Czechoslovakia.

By this reasoning, Mexico can invade the United States to protect ethnic Mexicans. Or Ireland can invade the United States whenever they want, or the United States can invade Canada whenever we want—actually, we can—just because of similar ethnicities.

As for Ukraine always being a part of Russia, that’s simply not true.

Kiev was a great city-state, perhaps the greatest of its time, in the 11th Century. Since then it has been a part of Lithuania, Poland, and Russia with some periods of autonomy.

John Ransom

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