(From ukrainian news “Ukraine Today”)

There was necessary global security and russian strategic security at stake. It would have been trivially easy for Putin to just say what he was doing, do it, and offer Ukraine gas discounts 50 or 90 years, as compensation. He could have easily just outright said “our military industrial facilities are in the donbas, and were a russian strategic investment. While we do not want to interfere with borders, we have a national defense issue that we must solve, and that is to return the donbas manufacturing capacity to russian hands.

RUSSIA’S ENTIRE HISTORICAL PROBLEM IS THAT SHE WILL NOT ENGAGE IN TRUTHFUL SPEECH – EVEN WHEN SHE IS RIGHT.

This is the primary reason for Russian people’s economic and political Lagging.
The Russians have always been lower trust than eastern and western europeans.
The soviets only made it much worse by institutionalizing lying at all levels of society.

THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE: WHEN YOU ARE RIGHT – JUST TELL THE DAMNED TRUTH.

As an immigrant to Ukraine, I said this at the time, and I have been saying this since then.

THE RUSSIAN PROBLEM IS THAT THEY CONSIDER DECEIT HONORABLE RATHER THAN IMMORAL.
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