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If Russia recognizes the Donbass republics, that gives it the right to defend them…

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While the tone rises, between Washington and its European allies on the one hand, and on the other, Moscow, accused of warmongering aims against Ukraine, on whose borders Russia has massed considerable troops, the communist group in the Duma has added fuel to the fire. Yesterday, Wednesday, January 19, the group led by faction leader Gennadi Zyuganov tabled a plan to recognize the two separatist regions of Donbass, in eastern Ukraine, the “National Republic of Donetsk” (DNR) and the “Lugansk National Republic (LNR)”. Although Moscow denies it, it is common knowledge that Russia has been supporting the two separatist entities militarily since 2014 in a conflict that has already claimed 14,000 lives.

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The text of the bill, written in the form of an appeal to President Putin, affirms in particular that the ” new authorities of Ukraine, now glorifying the fascists Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych and their supporters, have become intolerant of historically established standards of life, as well as the will and religion of the inhabitants of the Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk “. A policy that the signatories of the appeal do not hesitate to describe as ” genocide of one’s own people “, justifying” morally » recognition of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. In the document under consideration, it is requested to officially adopt the proposal in February and to publish the text in the “Parliamentary Journal”, which would make the call officially enter into force.

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Posturing or invitation to invasion?

Asked about the possible fate of this parliamentary initiative, Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the Kremlin had not yet studied it. The document has not yet been officially included in the Duma’s program, and may be rejected even before the examination stage. It must be said that the Russian Communist Party never misses an opportunity to criticize the Ukrainian authorities, who since 2014, and the annexation of Crimea by Russia, have adopted so-called “decommunization” banning communist symbols, and the activities of the Ukrainian Communist Party, accused of supporting the Donbass separatists. As a reminder, the Russian Communist Party, whose very relative opposition to Putin is strictly confined to social issues, systematically votes on political issues, with United Russia, the party of the Russian President.

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Pure gesticulation on the part of a minority parliamentary group? Or a first step towards the recognition of two regions, where Russia has generously distributed Russian passports to the population? Such recognition, similar to that of Ossetia and Abkhazia, two separatist regions in Georgia, would in the future allow Moscow to send its troops to the rescue of Russian populations “in distress”. Especially since Vladimir Putin himself, on December 9, had spoken the word “genocide” about the Donbass: “ I must speak of Russophobia as a first step towards genocide. This is what is happening right now in the Donbass, we see it well, we know it “, had dropped the Russian leader, during a meeting with the Presidential Council for Human Rights. This is enough to make the difficult game of chess that is currently being played out over Ukraine even more difficult.

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