With the collapse of the USSR, Donetsk and Lugansk were asked not to give them to Kiev

Former head of the presidential administration of Yeltsin, Sergei Filatov, said that the current history of Ukraine and Russia could have turned out differently if Boris Yeltsin had made the corresponding decision in 1991.

During an interview with a newspaper "Sight" The official said that during the collapse of the USSR, delegations of Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk turned to Yeltsin with a request to leave them as part of Russia.

According to him, the lands of the mentioned regions are originally Russian and were simply given to Kiev, and the representatives of the regions understood that they would be placed in unequal conditions with the Ukrainians, among whom nationalism was developing at that time.

Filatov is sure that the Yeltsin team at that time simply did not have the time or the opportunity to demand from Kiev referenda in these regions:

We thought how Russia could survive at all. Before the Gaidar reforms began, there was no bread in many areas. There was flour for several days, and 120 billion dollars of debts remained from the USSR. What was there to think about - about Ukraine at that moment or still about yourself, about your people?

Time has shown that the fears of the Russian-speaking population of eastern Ukraine and the Crimea were fully justified, and after almost three decades the growth of nationalism in the country led to a civil war and thousands of victims.
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  1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
    Afinogen (Afinogen) 8 December 2019 17: 26
    ... the delegations of Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk turned to Yeltsin with a request to leave them as part of Russia.

    Yeltsin is a man with alcoholism and he needed nothing but "water of fire". How much he has done everything, it is impossible to convey everything.
  2. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
    Observer2014 8 December 2019 20: 24
    Interesting. And who is the official successor of Yeltsin in Russia? !!! belay laughing
  3. xilia72 Offline xilia72
    xilia72 (xantos) 8 December 2019 20: 49
    The excuse does not care that these areas would gobble up the Russian Federation? How much money would you save for renting a fleet only. Yeltsin had the opportunity to give independence to everyone on his terms, and they would gladly agree to this, because they all did not fully believe that they had gained "independence."
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 8 December 2019 23: 06
      Yes, where they would have eaten, they are Ukraine 25% of exports until 2014. gave! Hard workers. And with products, they would not only feed themselves, but would also deliver to Russia. Black earth, climate!
      1. boriz Offline boriz
        boriz (boriz) 8 December 2019 23: 20
        Again, Kravchuk, when he was driving to a meeting, was ready, in exchange for the independence, at the borders of almost the Pereyaslav Rada. Understood, he knew that he had no rights to this land. Well, the extra glass of EBN did the trick.
        Like Gorbachev, when he agreed to 15 billion for the withdrawal of the GSVG, although Kohl was only ready to start bargaining from 100 billion, the Germans were simply in shock, and the entire delegation on the plane from Sochi to Germany flew into the trash, they drank in joy. And our military and families were thrown into tents in the middle lane.
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  4. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 8 December 2019 23: 03
    Yes, they constantly asked the whole pre-war period to return them to Russia. Upon transmission in 1919 were against. Ukrainians then grabbed even Taganrog, the Rostov communists defended.
    And the last request for return to Russia was in August 1941. Not a typo. Already the Germans were approaching the territory. After the war, they did not seem to complain, but apparently understood that nothing good would end. I myself, as a teenager, was in Truskavets, I saw what kind of people were there, later in the 80s I talked with a resident of Lviv (then about 50 peasants), he said that at the height of the 5th floor to the next apartment He moved over to the loggias (he was a guest) when other inadequate neighbors found out that a Muscovite (albeit a local one) was visiting.
    In general, the alignment of events in Ukraine did not surprise me. And the reaction of the inhabitants of Donbass is quite understandable.
  5. voted for the dump on the referee, do not la la!