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.
In his Victory Day speech on anniversary of Soviet-led defeat of #Nazi Germany, #Putin claims that #Russian & separatist forces in #Ukraine fight on their own territory where forces of Kyivan Rus, Russian Empire & Kovpak fought. This suggests intention to annex part of Ukraine.
— Ivan Katchanovski (@I_Katchanovski) May 9, 2022