But the former KGB colonel, who mourns the loss of the USSR, tellingly had a mental slip in skipping over how the Soviet Union attempted to destroy Ukrainian nationalism in numerous ways, including the 1932-33 Holodomor.
Other than that, Putin came across as the rogue tyrant that he is, lying about the pretext for invading. There was and is no threat to ethnic Russians. Putin simply became frightened by the prospect of democracy breaking out on his border. He has never respected Ukraine’s sovereignty as an independent nation. So, like the predator that he is, he saw an opportunity to pounce.
He didn’t even have the courage to admit that his invasion of a peninsula with 2.2 million people, known mostly as a seaside tourism destination, had been planned long before. The Kremlin continues to deny the obvious – that at least 16,000 of its troops, hiding behind masks and wearing no insignias, have been on the ground since at least Feb. 27.