On Thursday, Ukraine marks the 26 anniversary of its independence. In Kiev, there will be a parade in which soldiers from NATO countries will take part, and as the main guest will be attended by the US Defense Secretary. Many in our country believe that Ukraine is lost to Russia. But is Ukraine far away - more precisely, has it been far away?
26 years of independent existence of the "Ukrainian state" and more than three years of conflict in the east of Ukraine have led to the fact that many in Russia consider it a cut piece. Well, there is such a state on our western borders -
Earlier it was part of our country, and now a separate, independent entity.
Yes, they say, of course, it's a pity for the Russians in the Donbas, and in the rest of the territory it is unreliable - they have to fight for their rights, and to connect Donbas to Russia at all, but in general, "we lost Ukraine."
The reasons for this are called different. Someone is focusing on the wiles of the West, on the US desire to tear Ukraine away from Russia, on the ideological treatment that the population of Ukraine has undergone in the last half-century. Others believe that the events of the 2014 year caused irreparable damage to the Ukrainian-Russian relations. The Crimea and the Donbas have led to the fact that the ruling elites in Kiev openly call our country an enemy, and a large part of Ukraine's population considers Russia an aggressor. "Now Russophobia in Ukrainians is brought up from childhood, in ten to twenty years we will get a totally anti-Russian society," some pessimists in Russia sigh.
All this is individually reasonable, but only the conclusion about Ukraine's loss is completely wrong. And that's why.
Ukraine can not exist as an independent state - because it is part of Russian civilization, the Russian state. Its separation from Russia was and remains a common tragedy. And the war in the Donbas is just one of the consequences of this wound. But for all that, there is no basis for a separate, independent existence of Ukraine. There is a desire - the West, part of the population of Ukraine, the current ruling class. But all this is nothing compared to what is opposed to it.
Not just a common history and culture, not just the ties of people and families - we generally have everything in common. It's like looking at the leg or arm apart from the rest of the body. The lands of present-day Ukraine are not just the cradle of Russian civilization, but its integral part. "Ukrainians" live from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad - and this applies not only to people with surnames ending in -O. These are all residents of Russia - Novgorodians, Cossacks, Siberians, Ukrainians. All this is one Russian people, different parts of which have different regional characteristics.
To separate Ukraine and make it "not Russia" means to dismember the Russian people. That is, kill him. Brzezinski wrote that without Ukraine, Russia would not be an empire - but this is not so. Without Ukraine, Russia will not be Russia, there will be no Russian civilization and no Russian people. And this is not an exaggeration.
What is the territory of present-day Ukraine? This is one of the two places where "the Russian land" came from, along with the Northeast Russia. This is a huge territory and a very large population. Now here lives more than 40 million people - against the backdrop of 145 million in Russia. Or against the backdrop of 120 millions of Russians in Russia - then it turns out one third of the Russian population of our country. Can any state-civilization lose such a percentage of its population living on a huge historical territory - and will it survive?
Yes, theoretically it can - but only if it lost the war, and the fallen territory is held by a very strong neighbor, into whose orbit it falls. Then the rest, the main part of the state will have to learn to live on its own, agonizingly experiencing the loss of ancestral lands - and waiting for a time of revenge, that is, reunification.
Yes, reunification - because this is a completely natural process for the great nation that created the state-civilization. If he does not seek to become one again, it means that this is not one people.
But after all, it would seem, "Ukrainians" do not consider themselves Russians, do not want to reunite? Yes, let it be so for a large part of the Ukrainian population - but this is a temporary, inspired, mental opinion. In reality, they remain the same Russian people as the inhabitants of Russia.
And here the future reunion depends on us, from a large part of the people who live in the preserved majority of the country. If we understand that we are one people, if we base our plans on the future and our policy on this, it will be so. The strength of the Russian spirit, the experience of Russian statehood show that we have always found the strength to restore the destroyed and divided: up to the state, as a form of life for the Russian people.
Moreover, the current division was not the result of a military defeat, but the result of extremely unsuccessful reforms that provoked the turmoil and the collapse of the country. It is clear that our geopolitical opponents immediately took advantage of Ukraine's independent existence. But despite all their efforts, they have what they call "gut thin" in order to permanently and reliably tear one part of the Russian world from the other.
Success can accompany them only in one case: if we reconcile ourselves with the division, if in our own minds we "let go" Ukraine. Then, yes - all programs to form an "anti-Russia", to create a "Ukrainian nation" will lead to irreversible changes. And we will get together the "mothers of Russian cities" a new Warsaw - our former brothers who hate us.
But for the formation of such a Russophobic nation from the Poles, it took many centuries, different faiths and wars. With "Ukrainians" we are not even siblings - we are one. Therefore, the resistance of the single organism of the Russian people will be as strong as possible. And we will not give our foes the time to "divide operation". A quarter of a century of existence of two separate states is nothing on the scales of the history of our people. Moreover, most of the time, even this division, it was of a half-hearted, largely formal nature - the structure remained common.
Now, when the process of not only ideological, but also military formation, not even "not Russia", but anti-Russia has started in Ukraine, the division becomes physically tangible. The ideological and propaganda treatment of the Ukrainian population, the formation of Russian "Ukrainians" - all this, of course, is very, very bad. But this is not a reason for discouragement. The more they try to break us, the harder the back reaction will be.
At the same time, there will be no civil war between the Russians - Moscow will not allow Ukraine and Russia to be defeated. And this is the main threat to our future reunification - attempts to organize a big war, to split two parts of one people.
No other way to tear Ukraine away from Russia from the Anglo-Saxon strategists will not work. To fight for control of the western part of the Russian world, neither the Germans (that is, the continental Europeans) nor the overseas empire are ready now. They need the Russians to secure their own section, preferably with blood.
And in itself, the Ukrainian leadership can support in its country only a certain semblance of the state - and even then, as long as the main meaning of its existence is provided by European integration. Mythology is already in a deep crisis. A complete disappointment in the "abroad, which will help us," will lead to "unflattering" in a state of feud and turmoil. As a result, Russia will get all the opportunities for the return of the temporary lost. To reunite with an inseparable part of itself.
There can not be any other future - if we are talking about the future in which Russia exists.