Putin Still Wants the Entire Black Sea Coast

But wants to have its cake too, so good luck with that

During his Victory Day speech Putin mentioned a pair of princes of the Kievan Rus and a quartet of Russian Imperial-era generals:

Donbass militia alongside with the Russian Army are fighting on their land today, where princes Svyatoslav and Vladimir Monomakh’s retainers, soldiers under the command of Rumyantsev and Potemkin, Suvorov and Brusilov crushed their enemies, where Great Patriotic War heroes Nikolai Vatutin, Sidor Kovpak and Lyudmila Pavlichenko stood to the end.

Princes Svyatoslav and Vladimir Monomakh warred against the raiding steppe peoples to the south of Rus, in today’s southern Ukraine.

The trio of Rumyantsev, Potemkin and Suvorov in the late 18th century finally wrestled the Black Sea coast from Tatars and their suzerain Ottoman Empire and won it for Russia. (It was then jointly settled by Russians from Great Russia, and by Rusyns from Ruthenia Minor, but particularly from the latter, it being the adjacent Russian region.)

Putin also recalled the 2014 Odessa Massacre where local authorities conspired to unleash football hooligans and hard-right nationalists on pro-Russian protesters:

We bow our heads to the memory of the Odessa martyrs who were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions in May 2014, to the memory of the old people, women and children of Donbass who were killed in atrocious and barbaric shelling by neo-Nazis. We bow our heads to our fighting comrades who died a brave death in the righteous battle – for Russia.

I think that Putin talking about Russian figures who fought to win the Black Sea for Russia (not for Ukraine) means that he still hopes to capture the so-called Novorossiya region all the way to Odessa.

The goal of Kiev regime change might be out the window, but partition is still very much a dream.

However, I will say that Kremlin has not recently lacked for dreams. It has dreamed very big indeed. What it has lacked is the effort to make them anything more than a fantasy. Big dreams, lackluster effort has been the name of the game. Kremlin needs to spend less time thinking what it wants and more time thinking what it is willing to input to get it.

  1. Geraldo says

    ooh, cake! Mmmm ….

  2. yourname says

    The ground in the Kramatorsk Pocket is now dry & firm enough for tanks and artillery to roam. No more excuses. If the Russian Army of Liberation doesn’t show something impressive by the end of May, even the high-command will have to recognize that the cluster-failure in the structure of the Russian war-machine is the real/only cause of the lack of progress.
    A beneficial side-effect of the US-induced regime change in Pakistan appears to be that the spam-farmers in Pakistan stopped their nefarious activities against anti-empire.com

    What happened to the username & login process

    1. Field Empty says

      Spam was finally stopped by the setting that commenters must have 1 manually approved comment before they can post.

      So far that has made the registration process unnecessary.

      On the downside, it forces me to have to read at least some comments and they are to a great degree utter shit like is already traditional.

  3. Geraldo says

    I don’t get the graphic at all. Based on the speech of 24th February, this was never going to end up with anything more than liberation of Donbass (maybe with a little extra thrown in) so how that would be a Phyrric victory I don’t know. (casualties are after all low for Russians so far) Man does what he said he would do and you intimate it may be a failure? Thats a very ‘western’ way of looking at it. As you say though if you are not going to commit the troops … or commit to the ruthlessness required … you will not get the whole cake .. Putin has always been cautious and the Military heads seem willing to bow to this, thus far.
    I think expectations on all sides of punterville have been way too high right from day one (both for the pro Russians and the anti-Russians) Ukrainians giving up and/or surrendering was always going to be a large part of this operations plan and that has largely not happened, the support of ‘the people’ is only evident in the East. I think unless there is a coming period of ‘shock and awe’ Odessa is going to be out of grasp (have any of us the spirit to fight another Mariupol?)

    1. Field Empty says

      You’re an imbecile. Your stupidity disgusts me. What incest are you born of?

      1. Jdj says

        Change your Handle to Head Empty.

        Your profane criticisms of well thought responses makes you appear like the 70 IQ Deep State phone room Troll you are. How is Tel Aviv these days?

  4. Anonymous says

    Agree, completely, 100%.

    It’s hit piece after hit piece, now.

  5. Oscar Peterson says

    No, it’s hardly pro-Empire.

    Marko simply has an attachment to what he sees as painful truth.

    He calls it as he sees it.

    And the Russian performance so far has indeed been hard to comprehend.

    I think Marko is simply angry at Putin and the Russian leadership for not being more successful so far.

    That’s not a “psyop.”

    We’ll simply have to see what unfolds.

  6. Field Empty says

    You’re free to take your whining to your group therapy sites and fuck off loser

  7. Benesha says

    Indeed, when I want to read the deep state point of view, here seems the right place strangely.

    1. Field Empty says

      You need to stop coming here

  8. Curmudgeon says

    Well, which is worse? Russia wanting the entire Black Sea Coast, or the Zionist owned US and its NATO puppets wanting every coastline in the world?

  9. AL says

    Who are these retards who shill for Putin but don’t understand that Putin is a liberal by Russian standards?

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