Putin said in his interview with Tucker Carlson that the Ukraine is an “artificial state,” and that the Ukraine war is actually a civil war.
Hilariously, that interview was being released at the same time this was happening.
The parents and brother of Ukraine’s new commander-in-chief, Aleksandr Syrsky, are living in Russia, multiple Russian news outlets report.
On Thursday, President Vladimir Zelensky announced that he had chosen Syrsky to replace his top general, Valery Zaluzhny. The reshuffle takes place months after the failed Ukrainian counteroffensive and amid the deteriorating situation on the battlefield.
Colonel General Syrsky was born in Russia’s western Vladimir Region when both Russia and Ukraine were part of the Soviet Union. His brother Oleg still resides in the eponymous provincial capital, news agency TASS revealed.
Oleg told reporters that he has not spoken to his close relative in years. “I don’t communicate with him. I don’t even know where he is,” Oleg told TASS. “I don’t know anything about him. It’s been a very long time since he moved [to Ukraine].”
According to their social media accounts, Syrsky’s parents regularly attend celebrations of Russia’s victory in World War II and have liked some pro-Moscow content online. The posts reportedly liked by Syrsky’s mother include a message wishing good health to President Vladimir Putin.
What do you call a person born in Russia, who speaks Russian, whose family still lives in Russia, if not “a Russian”?
Just so, as Putin also stated in the Carlson interview, Zelensky is “Jewish by nationality.” Of course, his first language is also Russian.
Meanwhile, Zelensky’s former top advisor (now an enemy), Alexi Arestovich, is Georgian.
An artificial state asserting independence is not necessarily a bad thing. Arguably, both Austria and Switzerland are “artificial states.” The thing about the situation in the Ukraine is that it’s supposedly about “nationalism,” which simply does not make sense when the country is not a “nation” in any real sense.
Putin told a story during the interview, which he says is true and I believe him, about Russians telling Ukraine soldiers to surrender or die. The Ukraine soldiers refused to surrender, saying in Russian, their first language and probably the only one they speak: “Russians don’t surrender.”
There are some people in the west of the Ukraine who naturally speak a bastardized form of Russian mixed with Polish that is called “Ukraine language,” but they are a minority in the country, and have previously identified as Polish.
This whole situation is cartoonish.
As far as the choice of Syrsky – this is not what most analysts were expecting, and does not indicate a pivot to a different kind of war. Analysts generally suspected that the head of the Ukraine intelligence would become the head of the military, and pivot the country into more terrorism-related actions. But it seems, instead, they plan to just keep doing the same thing.