What makes a country a State?
The problems are most clearly seen in Ukraine which previously belonged i n whole or in part to Lithuania, Poland, Moldova, the Ottoman Empire or the Crimean Khanate, and then became the Orthodox Empire of Kiev, the holy cradle of Russia. The Russian problem on the other side became its centuries-long expansion to the largest country on earth. Nikita Khrushchev from Kalinovka, the Kursk Oblast on the border with Ukraine, gave Ukraine a fatal, internal Soviet gift in 1954: The Crimea. You have to see this act with the eyes of that time to be able to assess the situation today. Khrushchev would never have given this gift today, because the Crimea is predominantly inhabited by Russians, and 9 years earlier the Soviet Union had won the Second World-War with an unbelievable number of losses. There was no reason for a present in the beginning of the cold war. But then Stalin had died and the new 1st party leader, Mr. Khrushchev, wanted to strengthen his power by strengthening the Crimea conjunction with Ukraine. Nikita Khrushchev was anything but someone who gives gifts. You don’t have to see the peasant, who took off his shoe in the UN, but the man who with never known brutality controlled Cuba on the US doorstep with nuclear armed submarines and almost staged World War III. There was no reason for the victorious Soviet Union to fell apart as a loser. You cannot take historical events out of the global framework, put them in a completely different framework and then say that picture belongs to me. Ukraine is such a picture. And I see only one solution: Crimea is an autonomous republic of Russia, and the mostly Russian areas in today’s Ukraine are autonomous republics within the Ukraine. The practical elaboration must be done internally by the countries concerned.