Crimean Boomerang

Recently, the Dnieper hydroelectric power station has been disabled by missile strikes, resulting in a loss of electricity in Kharkov. This event has been widely publicized by the pro-Ukrainian media, alongside a tsunami of cries about the supposed “immorality” and “inhumanity” of this act, as well as diligent calls for “sympathy” from the average Russian (though after curses and death wishes, enough to turn even the most liberal person into a true “rushist”). However, as many of you might suspect, this entire event is merely the result Ukraine’s own actions against Russia, which have now struck back at it, like a boomerang.

This year, March 18 has marked the 10th anniversary of the referendum through which Crimeans democratically decided to reunite their destiny with that of Russia. Despite all claims to the contrary, the peninsula has never shown significant degrees of political ukrainianness, as many Ukrainian nationalists of the past themselves have noted.  Even before the Maidan, on July 5, 2008, the installation of a plaque commemorating “90 years of the Ukrainian Navy” on the Grafskaya pier has been met with protest by the residents of Sevastopol, who were quick to remove it themselves.

ukranian-navyFollowing the October Revolution, Sevastopol found itself under German occupation. Germany promised the self-proclaimed Ukrainian People’s Republic (UPR) to drive out the Bolsheviks in exchange for grain supplies. When the Germans approached, the UPR flags were raised briefly as a way to avoid flooding. At that time, support for the revolution in the navy was extremely high, so such a surrender of the ship was purely strategic. This is how the “Ukrainian Navy forces” appeared.

Local residents were extremely unhappy to see such brazen rewriting of the history of their native land right before their eyes. They tore down the sign, smashed it, and threw it into the sea amid cheers of “Hurray!”, “Sevastopol!”, “Russia!”. The leadership of the Ukrainian Naval Forces acted boldly and defiantly, protecting themselves from the Sevastopol residents with fences and conscript sailors.

“Before this, people broke the metal fences that the Ukrainian Navy had installed around the Grafskaya pier. A cordon of Marines remained. The Sevastopol residents moved towards them, men walked ahead. There were fights, but we tried to restrain people so that it wouldn’t break out into fights. As a result, the cordon was broken,” – New Region reported the words of City Council deputy Gennady Basov, leader of the Russian Choice organization that year. The townspeople beat the sailors, shouting: “Go to your NATO,” “Get out of our city!” As one might expect, the most “violent” ones were arrested and the situation became calmer. Of course, people felt a close connection with Russia, but there were fewer such cases. The following post dated 02/19/2020 appeared on the Internet on the then popular Ukrainian resource “”:

On February 19, 1954, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR issued a Decree “On the transfer of the Crimean region from the RSFSR to the Ukrainian SSR”
What lies behind this historical note? To put it in Prokhanov’s words, behind it lies “metaphysics.” So, Russia’s total historical bad luck and civilizational futility.
Moskals, only such enchanting idiots as you could screw up the most delicious morsel from the entire former Soviet Union. You screwed it up, and then while being drunken, legitimized it!
This is your pain, your humiliation, your shame! Live and suffer with this FOREVER!”

But, “forever” lasted for 4 years. Crimeans again expressed their desire to be in Russia. In response to this, the Ukrainian authorities cut off power to the city.  Even life support machines in hospitals did not work.  Democratic Ukrainians with bright, cheerful faces made many jokes about this situation. Thus, one of the fashionable Lvov pubs released a beer called “Crimea by Night”.

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  1. Patrick B. Ludwig

    Please note a small typoraphical error: the 56 anniversary of Crimea’s annexation by Chrushchev was in 2010, not 2020.

    A most unfortunate and purely symbolic act of an otherwise quite honourable man.

    This vanity eventually even triggered a war.

    For the silly reason of trying to ingratiate himself with his compatriots and in the erronous supposition that the USSR would last forever.

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