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Russian man in the street is terrible with his infantilism because he has no cause-and-effect relationships. For him, there is no difference between Donbas and Crimea, writes journalist Pavlo Kazarin for Krym.Realii.
Professor from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Valeriy Solovey, also writes about it. He noted that in Russia "the massive patriotic mobilization, caused by realities in Crimea, completely disappeared in the spring of 2016." He added that Russian society is no longer interested in what is happening in Donbas since the beginning of 2015.
According to Professor Solovey, the new reality isbeing shaped in the minds of his fellow citizens. Moreover, Russian experts capture the exact same picture of the public moods. According to Valery Solovey, a new agenda of Russians today consists of several theses:
1. Russia is not able to change the trajectory of Ukraine;
2. Russia does not need Donbas, and sooner or later it will be left;
3. None of the future Russian governments, even the government of Kasparov, will be capable to change the status of Crimea.
Imagine that your neighbor broke in to your house; he seized your favorite room, declared it as his own and put a steel door. In addition, he tried to occupy another room, but you began to fight back, and during the struggle the room was burned. At this moment, the invader wearily waved his hand and said he did not even claim this room anymore.
Moreover, it is understood that you will pay for the repair of the burnt room. Your neighbor does not want to talk about any compensation, as well as the fate of the first room. In addition, he believes that he is doing you a favor, because the size of living space, in his view, is the most important and determining factor.
And there is no reason why Ukrainians have to agree with this approach.
It’s not about the size of living space but about the quality of life. Ukraine wants to return the occupied lands by its own rules - without regard to the demands of Russia-backed militants and Moscow. There is no point in returning Donetsk and Lugansk as long as the Kremlin’s political influence is maintained on these territories.
There are no illusions about Moscow: the position of the Russian leadership is cynical. Russian man in the street is sincerely convinced that he can easily take someone’s toy away, giving back another one, already trampled in the fight, to the owner without any compensation. And the funny thing is that he seems to genuinely believe in his own dignity and justice..