Good day reader! Happy to see you here. If you are new, well then Welcome! Before you read this blog and opinion, you might want to read my welcoming blog. As for now, I am going to continue the story on the Crimean situation.
Now I get that a lot has happened since the 90s where I ended up leaving off, but I really do not want to be caught up with history. Long story short, there were some rather important things that happened this millennium in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine, but nothing important enough to talk about and has a direct connection to what just happened recently (that I know off). On to the story now! (Also, last thing, as with anything, the story can really depend with what perspective you look from, so whatever I say may be different from what you think).
So about three months ago, our good friend, Mr. Viktor Yanukovych was the good and corrupt president of Ukraine who’s hand was known for taking Russian Cash. Now Mr. Yakonivich was a really good puppet and leader who did not hurt either his master or his people enough to make them want to kill him. It also helps that quite a bit of the population, mainly the groups from Southern (Crimea) and Eastern Ukraine (all the border states), like Russia. All was pretty good for our friend, great house, nice job, the people did not hate him that much, what else could he ask for?
And then it happened. Our good and dear puppet was put into a situation where he had to make a choice, go for the money (Russia) and get some of the support, or go for his country and get the majority of the support. The decision itself was rather big and important. The question was; Would you get closer to the European Union and trade more with us, if yes, we will also throw in a loan which can help Ukraine get out its debt, however will also end up jeopardizing all trade with the Russians? Or would you rather go with Russia and as well get a pretty firm ally and trading partner. As you can see, Mr.Yakunovich was stuck, and when a person is stuck, they usually go to money, which unfortunately or not, was Russia.
And there goes the boom. Many of the Ukrainians were angry as the country was in an economic turmoil and they needed the money pretty bad. Heck a quarter of working Ukraine is under the poverty line, while the president was in his estate with a personal zoo, a sauna, and more than 300 acres of land. So there you have it, three months and a lot of violence/torturing (Mr.Yakonovich is actually under investigation for hurting people in a rather gruesome and horrifying manner) later, they were able to kick the corrupt puppet out and place their own able leader, the speaker Oleksandr Turchynov . All good right?
Then comes boom #2. Remember those Pro-Russians? The people who thought that hmm, maybe Mr.Yakunovich is a great person and we should be with “Mother Russia”. Well they said that nope, that the acting President is an idiot, and we want to leave. The Crimeans were especially happy as you may have read in my previous article that the Crimeans loved Russia and were trying really hard to join them but just couldn’t get a government that was weak enough to exploit. Well now they found it! With basically half the country still shocked over what happened with the puppet, the fact that the puppet-masters are also really pissed with the turn of events and that there still was no real president, the Pro-Russians saw the opportunity and took it! Now here is the problem, Putin being the smart aleck he is believed that since the Crimeans are mostly Russian speakers, they are technically Russian and therefore should be backed up and protected from all the anti-Russians (like the Tatars). The best part however is when the “West” here’s about this, the already wary suddenly know that Ukraine’s constitution is being violated. I mean obviously they will get worried since “Crimea Invaded by Russia” really does not have a good ring to it.
In summary, it is now basically the Pro-Russians vs. the Anti-Russians right now in Crimea and in fact all of Ukraine the same battle is going on while globally, Kremlin (Russia) is facing off with the EU and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
My opinion for all of this is quite different and I will be talking about my thoughts over this situation next time.