If you want to know who the good guys are in Ukraine, they're the ones pulling down Lenin statues.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 22, 2014
I can go with that.
Crimea was only made part of Ukraine (instead of the Russian Federation) by a decision of Stalin's, IIRC, as part of a general reorganization of how the old (then newish) Soviet Union would be governed. There were lots of forced migrations out of the Crimean peninsula at that time, lots of deaths of migrants in the Ukraine.Also, I'm pretty sure the Russian Black Sea fleet is still stationed in bases on the Crimean. What we're seeing now are Russian nationalists (Putin and his lot) versus Ukrainian nationalists. There isn't necessarily a set of good guys here any more than there is in Syria. (And I'm sure the Russian press will play up the fact that those Ukrainian nationalists were on the side of the Nazis in WWII, just as I'm sure our press will do what it can to play that down or ignore it.)Mostly, this is messy, and none of our damned business.
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