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Ukrainian Borders–should the Nation Be Split Apart?

By Mendeleyeev

Last time we checked, a gift if a gift and a treaty is a treaty. Some of our Russian friends have forgotten this and it wouldn’t surprise me if at some point the Russian government may suffer from similar memory lapses to wit that there is active talk of splitting Ukraine into broken off segments. Can you spell Yugoslavia?



Next look at the map below. This map shows how over time the territory of Ukraine was expanded, listing when and by whom. The implication by many is that Ukraine is lucky to have what it has and perhaps now is time for Ukraine to give it back.

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There are some who want Mr. Putin’s Red Army to roll in and take back what they feel rightfully belongs to Russia, as if those territories should have never been given to Ukraine in the first place. The map label even includes a line from the Ukrainian national anthem, ще не вмерла україна (Ukraine has not yet perished). Frankly, that may become a concern at some point but it really shouldn’t.

We suspect that our Russian friends would suffer from Cardiac arrest if China suddenly wanted to revive Siberian border disputes, or if Sweden decided that the vast territory now called Saint Petersburg needed to be brought back into their fold.

Using the same logic of some in Russia, then if Ukraine needs to cede back territory, then so should Russia. We could begin with Karelia going back to Finland and for the fun of it, how about Kaliningrad?

History is a bitch sometimes and the fact is that Russian and Soviet leaders played games with Ukrainian borders to suit their needs at the time. Now it is time to stop the loose and silly talk of what does or does not belong to Ukraine. When the Soviet Union collapsed there were agreements about territory each Republic would keep.

Russia has no right to expand her borders at Ukraine’s expense. Stop bitching about Crimea and Sevastopol. If you don’t like that those areas are within the borders of Ukraine then give it back to Greece, Turkey or any of the other kingdoms who had it long before Russia. If you never meant to lose it, then shame on you for letting Russian leaders give it away–you are heirs to the Russian Federation and thus it is as much your fault as theirs.

If a Tsar or Communist Party Secretary wasn’t smart enough to understand that history erases borders every few hundred years, then shame on him for being so dumb as to give it away in the first place.

I know how vocal this subject will sound to some of my friends–Подумайте о скрежете ногтей по доске. Unless you are willing to give back some of your newer territory as well, don’t lecture Ukrainians and the rest of the world on the subject of border history.

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