The mainstream media wants to make you believe that Russia is a ruthless and greedy aggressor, an imperialist and expansionist power that once they got their hands on Ukraine will go on and invade Poland, Romania and so on. But you only need to look a little bit to history to see another reality.
If you study the history of Russia you'll see that Ukraine, or at least most of Ukraine always has been an integral part of Russia, and that an independent Ukraine only existed the last 22 years. Actually, Ukraine is the birthplace of Russia.
The city of Kiev was founded in 482 A.D. Just like Rome was founded on seven hills, Kiev was founded on three. And like Rome, which was founded by the brothers Romulus and Remus, Kiev was also founded by sibyls. It was founded by three brothers and one sister. They were the leaders of the Polyanians, a tribe of East Slavs. Each of the brothers (Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv) established themselves on three hills, meanwhile their sister Lybed established herself by a nearby stream. The town was named Kiev to honor the eldest brother Kyi.
Up to the ninth century, the territory where now Ukraine is located was ruled by different Slavic and Turkic semi-nomadic and semi-barbaric peoples.
In 882, Prince Oleg, the son of the semi-legendary Rurik; the founder of Russia, invaded this territory and moved his capital to Kiev. It was the birth of the Kievan Rus state.
Princess Olga, the sister-in-law of Oleg, traveled to Constantinople in 957, where she converted to Christianity. It was a personal conversion. Her subjects remained free to continue practicing paganism. A few decades later, her grandson Vladimir also converted to Christianity and this time he did impose the new religion on his subjects. In this way, the Kievan Rus evolved into a christian state where the arts flourished under byzantine influence. That's when Kiev was named the mother of all RUSSIAN cities.
In the XIII century the Kievan Rus state was destroyed by the advancing Mongols. After that, Ukraine was two centuries oppressed by the Mongols. But it didn't take long for the Russians to reorganize around the city of Moscow. Between the XV and the XX centuries Ukraine was on and off under Tsarist Russian, Lithuanian, Polish and Austro-Hungarian soberanity. During the Russian Civil War some ephemerous independent Ukrainian states emerged. Actually, in Russian Ukraine just means borderland. Thus the borderland of Russia. The inhabitants of Ukraine were refered up until the twenties as Southern Russians, and the Ukrainian language as Little Russian, which became a differentiated dialect by the influences of Polish and Turkish over the centuries.
In 1922 Ukraine was one of the founding members of the USSR. During Soviet rule, Ukrainian culture and language was always respected and Ukrainian was the official language of the SSR of Ukraine.
The first time that an independent Ukrainian state appeared was in 1992. It didn't take long before the Ukrainian people was brainwashed by US imperialists into believing that Ukrainians are a separate people and that Crimea always has been an integral part of Ukraine. Crimea was transferred by Kruschev in the fifties from the Russian SFSR to the SSR of Ukraine for administrative reasons. But back then both of these republics were part of the Soviet Union.
As you can see, Russia and Ukraine always have been one and the same, so Russia should have the right to take not only Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, but the whole of Ukraine.
- Byzantium, the apogee, John Julius Norwich, Penguin Books ISBN 0-14-011448-3