Moscow Responded to Kiev’s “Disintegration of Russia” Comment

Ukraine should try very hard not to disintegrate as a state in the coming years – the words the first deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Dzhabarov used to respond to the words of the Head of the Rada Committee on International Affairs Anna Gopko, that Kiev’s mission is to deter Russian aggression and disintegrate Russia.

The words of Anna Gopko, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on International Affairs – that Kiev’s mission is to deter Russian aggression and disintegrate Russia – are a distortion, as Ukraine itself is half a step away from destruction as a state, explained Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.

“Instead of looking for ways to interact between parliaments, committees, she … tries to interfere in the internal affairs of our country. The mission of Ukraine is not to definitively disintegrate as a country that is in a state of civil war between the South-east and the rest of Ukraine,” RT quotes the senator as saying.

In a scandalous statement, the Ukrainian deputy shared the dream of ending Russia’s existence as a state, reported the Federal News Agency.

“Remember the photo – Moscow, August, 1991, with the flag of Ukraine on a tank at Red Square? Kievan Rus should destroy Muscovy as a prison of nations, which only in 1721 was renamed Russia. This is the mission of Ukraine – to deter the aggressor’s invasion of European civilisation and democratic values,” said the deputy.

She also said Vladimir Lenin ‘s body should be buried and Russia should in general be decommunised.

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In turn, the Director of the Center for Study of Donbass and Ukraine Aleksandr Kazakov pointed out that in Kiev they “considered themselves to be giants”, and Gopko herself is inadequate, reports Radio Sputnik.

“About the ‘prison of nations’, as they say, hear the pot blackguarding the kettle… Let me remind you that no people who joined the Russian state for centuries lost their identity or lost their language. Moreover, it was Russia that gave education to many peoples in their native languages,” said the political scientist.

The Law on decommunisation in Ukraine was adopted in May 2015. It prescribes the renaming of all topographical objects whose names refer to the USSR and the demolition of monuments that promote communist ideas.

In general, the Ukrainian authorities repeatedly spoke about the “disintegration” or “conquest” of Russia, and also said that the Russian regions are their own. Thus, three days earlier the Mayor of Kiev Vitaly Klitschko said that Sevastopol, like Kiev, is a Ukrainian city “with special status”.

Such a statement was made during his interview with the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne, during which he talked about the traditions of local self-governance. Klitschko stressed that “only in these two cities does the mayor becomes the chairman of the city administration”.

Sevastopol in 2014, like the entire Crimean peninsula, became a part of Russia following a referendum. Ukraine does not recognise the results of the referendum and considers the region to be its territory. According to the Constitution of Russia, Sevastopol is a city of federal importance within the Russian Federation. According to the Ukrainian constitution, Sevastopol is a city with special status within Ukraine.

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The day prior the editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian portal “” Yury Butusov called on Ukraine to prepare for war with Russia.

In an article for “Obozrevatel” he wrote that the state should be prepared at any moment to respond to “Russian aggression” or even declare war and “go ahead and severe relations” themselves.

Last week, the General Directorate of Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry described several possible scenarios of Russian aggression that allegedly may happen in the coming years, reported Radio Svoboda with reference to the assistant head of the office of the President of Ukraine Ivan Aparshin.

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said earlier that if desired, the Ukrainian authorities are able to revive relations with Moscow, but so far there are only contradictory statements. He expressed the opinion that Kiev has damaged relations with the Russian side on its own initiative, but is quite capable of improving them.

Last month, the State Duma said that Kiev will not be allowed to develop missiles capable of hitting targets in Russia. The first Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defence Committee Aleksandr Sherin made such a statement.

“Ukraine is not an independent state, no one will sit and quietly watch how some missiles are being developed there,” he said.

The deputy advised the Ukrainian Lieutenant General Vasily Bogdan, who made such a proposal, to think about his compliance with his position.

Rafael Fakhrutdinov

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