The Speaker of the US House of Representatives drew a parallel between Russia’s recognition of Donbass and Nazi Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi compared Russia’s decision to recognize the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR) – which the United States United see as part of Ukraine – to Adolf Hitler’s policy of German expansion.
“It’s a very bad decision on the part of Vladimir Putin”, Pelosi said in a speech Wednesday, describing Russian President Vladimir Putin as “A KGB guy who happens to be probably the richest man in the world because of his exploitation of his own people.”
“Every time you hear him say, ‘Well, they’re part of us, that’s who we are, they should be us. Now they say, “We have to go because they want to be part of NATO. This my friends is our moment, “ Pelosi continued. “It’s a Sudetenland and that’s what people were saying there.”
Pelosi’s mention of the Sudetenland appeared to be a reference to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s German annexation of the Sudetenland – German-speaking areas of the former Czechoslovakia – in 1938 following the Munich Agreement between Germany, Greater -Britain, France and Italy. After the annexation, Nazi Germany occupied much of the rest of Europe, including Poland, starting World War II.
The DPR and LPR formally requested military assistance from Russia in separate letters dated Wednesday, alleging that “the military aggression of the Ukrainian regime”, had been increasing. In his letter, the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, accused Ukraine of conducting a “genocide” of civilians in the area. In the run-up to Moscow’s recognition of Donbass, the republics and Kyiv had accused each other of stepping up shelling along the lines of contact, with the Ukrainian government denying plans to take the areas by force.
The DPR and LPR declared independence from Ukraine in 2014. Moscow initially refused to recognize the republics, becoming one of the guarantors of the 2014 and 2015 Minsk ceasefire agreements which should have paved the way for a long-term settlement between Kyiv and the breakaway states.
Accusing Ukraine of not honoring the agreements, the Kremlin went on to say “long overdue” recognition of the republics this week.
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