TigerMandingo said:I think Putin made a huge mistake with Crimea. I know there are geostrategic considerations but I consider both Ukraine and Belarus to be huge drags on Russia. They are loser countries. I don’t care how historically close they are, the future lies with places like China, Japan, InDia etc. Now that Ukraine is defacto ruled by Jews it’s a lost cause.
Putin reincorporating Crimea into Russia was smart and necessary for many reasons. First, Crimea is literally the only way for Russia to have access to the Black Sea. Second, Crimea is overwhelmingly majority ethnic Russian meaning that Putin can't afford to ignore it. Third, this is a move that has made Putin popular among Russian nationalists and Russians in general partly because of reason number 2 as it brings security to ethnic Russians. Fourth, this was a way of proverbially "sticking it" to NATO and the USA for everything they've pulled against Russia with NATO expansion in East Europe. Also, if Putin didn't return Crimea into Russia, it's inevitable that NATO would've simply swallowed up Crimea and all of Ukraine without a single shot being fired. Also, US and EU sanctions have been basically useless in doing any damage to Russia because they weren't capable of doing so to begin with, but the sanctions are even more useless since many EU countries are still continuing to trade with Russia under the surface regardless.
What most people don't understand about the current Ukraine conflict is that there is no Russian invasion. Ethnic Russians who've lived on this land for centuries and have found themselves in the borders of an "independent Ukraine" are defending themselves from a bunch of lunatic followers of Stepan Bandera who are supposedly "Ukrainian nationalists" that are trying to genocide and ethnically cleanse them on the behalf of their US/EU/NATO masters.
Ukraine is not a real country (I don't mean this as an insult, it is simply objective fact). It is a bizarre anomaly and absurdity in the context of world history. It has literally never existed as a country in the history of this world up until the dissolution of the USSR in 1990. It was artificially conceived during the Communist period by the Soviets (Jews) to weaken the ethnic Russian element of the USSR. The word "Ukraine" literally means borderland or border region in not just Russian, but literally most Slavic languages. The historical roots of the conflict in Ukraine also stem from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's occupation of the region from the 15th century to the 18th century where it forced Catholicism upon the Russian population and actively managed to assimilate the Russian population of the Ukraine region away from its roots (at least in West Ukraine). After all, how can a region that has never been anything more than a literal borderland between Russia, Poland, Austria and Turkey for centuries even be considered a real country? It's literally bizarre.
The rebel republics of the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic) and LNR (Lughansk People's Republic) that are both in a Novorossiya confederation are exactly that, rebel and separatist entities by the ethnic Russian population of east "Ukraine". The Russian population of East Ukraine is fighting to exist upon the land that their ancestors have fought and died in countless wars to exist on for centuries. They're lucky that they have numbers greater than 5 million (This means they actually have the human resources to organize serious resistance) and that they actually have the support of the Russian government and Putin. They are literally fighting to resist an Operation Storm style scenario where they will be ethnically cleansed or even genocided from the land by the UkroNazi Junta.
Ukraine is a failed state and an absurdity of a country that literally serves as a NATO proxy to push for further NATO expansion against Russia and as an open air brothel for the whole world. However, Belarus is actually much more stable and prosperous than Ukraine under the intelligent leadership of Aleksander Lukashenko. Russia basically cannot afford to ignore Belarus and Ukraine because it has a huge ethnic, historical and geopolitical stake in denying this land from NATO and protecting what is rightfully Russian. The fact that Asian countries are economically prosperous and that China is becoming the center of world trade doesn't change any of this.