• @CanadaPlus
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    11 months ago

    Why? Between the two Russia is the bigger part.

    • @DarkwinDuck@feddit.de
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      311 months ago

      For Putin? Two Reason: 1. He would look super weak and unsuccessful if he lost Crimea. 2. It’s in Russias mind very very important to keep Crimea and additionally a land Bridge to Crimea to “control the black sea” with their navy…

      Both are Bs.

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        11 months ago

        I was more pointing out it’s an exaggeration to say he’d sacrifice the whole rest of Russia.

        At this point Ukraine is not his biggest problem, though. He has internal challengers.

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          I’d think you’d struggle to get even his immediate, hopefully liberal, successors to give it up. There are even more liberal Russians that support Crimea’s annexation on account of it historically and ethnically being seen as Russian, obviously the ethnic cleansing practiced during Stalin’s time helped ensure this. The Crimeans themselves are hard to say because nearly any poll that has actually been conducted on them has been biased one way or the other. I’d still guesstimate that a good majority of them will possibly want to stay with Russia since war support seems decently high there. I don’t think there is an easy path for Crimea to come back to Ukraine even if the Russians agree to relinquish it.

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            11 months ago

            Yes, when Ukraine takes it (which is I think where we’re headed) they’re going to have a hell of a time integrating it. It was added to Ukraine after Stalin died; when people say it’s not historically a part of Ukraine they have a point.