Prior to the end of World War I, The Ukraine was part of Russia and extended from the Black Sea to the North Sea at Estonia near St. Petersburg. Poland, Austria-Hungary and Romania bordered the Ukraine. The other Baltic countries were further South.
World War I
Russia was invaded by Germany in 1914, but extracted the Germans by 1917. July 31, 1914 - Reacting to the Austrian attack on Serbia, Russia begins full mobilization of its troops. Germany demands that it stop. August 1, 1914 - Germany declares war on Russia. France and Belgium begin full mobilization. Russian lost 3.5 million in the war and Communism took over. Europe would never be the same.
World War II
Russia was invaded by NAZI Germany in June 1941. Germans are forced to retreat in December 1941. Germans end retreat in February 1942 and launch a counter-attack to retake lost territory. By April 1942, Germany had lost 1 million soldiers. By July 1942, Germans reach Stalingrad. In January 1943 the Germans retreat from Stalingrad. By July 1943 the Germans had started their retreat. In January 1944 Russia retook Stalingrad. D Day was June 6 1944. In July 1944 Russia takes Minsk and enters Poland. In January 1945 Russia takes Eastern Prussia. By March 1945 Russia takes Vienna. The War ended in May 1945. The German land war against Russia began in June 1941, turned in July 1943 and was completed by May 1945.
Some 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians and nearly 4 million German troops lost their lives along the Eastern Front during those years of brutality.
After World War II, Russia reassumed control of the Ukraine and seized the other Eastern-Blok countries as part of the USSR. In 1989, Russia dissolved the USSR and freed the Eastern-Blok countries. The Russian socialist economy could no longer support the USSR. The Eastern-Blok countries with a 100% private economy are doing better than the others. They continue to trade with Russia, Germany and their other neighbors.
In 2015, when Ukraine ousted their President, Russia retook Ethnic Russian Crimea and sent troops to Syria to assist President Assad’s Syrian government and return 800,000 “refugees” back to Syria. Low oil prices, a limited private economy and the declining global economy are affecting Russian citizens.
Life in Russia has not been easy, but the Russian people have more resilience now. They generate electricity using 68% thermal, 16% nuclear and 16% hydro. They didn’t waste money on wind or solar. They have no private property rights and that is holding them back.
Russia will continue to try to improve its economy and operate in its own interest, but it needs more of a free market private economy, so its citizens can prosper. The US would be better off by reducing government corruption and returning to the Constitution (as written).
The recent “globalism” scam is running out of gas. Sovereign countries are realizing that they need to rely more on improving their own private economies and increasing their production for their own consumption.
US relations with Russia should improve after Obama and his crowd are removed from office. Our real enemy is the UN and the US is keeping this destructive parasite alive. UN Agenda 21 is the driver of the destabilization we are seeing in the Middle East and Europe. Obama is the saboteur hired by George Soros to orchestrate the destabilization.
Russia knows how to deal with Muslims and they don’t want to be invaded by refugees. They will fight to keep their trading partners and their geography dictates that some of these partners are Muslims.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader