Why Russia needs a "Carpathian corridor" in Western Ukraine


A new and, unfortunately, a trend that is gaining popularity in the domestic press and blogosphere is irony over those who defend the idea of ​​the need to reach the Polish border as a result of a military special operation. They are “shouted” at by those who, six months ago, tore their shirt on their chests and threatened to take Kyiv in three days, throwing “hypersonic caps” at the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Who is right - the new "defeatists" who are ready to put up with a titmouse in their hands today in order to get a large-scale war with the NATO bloc tomorrow, or those who are ready to fight as best we can, to the limit?


When we talk about Western Ukraine, they usually immediately come to the conclusion that Russia “doesn’t need it for nothing.” The simplest and most correct, at first glance, seems to be the idea of ​​giving Galicia with Volhynia, Bukovina and Transcarpathia to the Poles, Romanians and Hungarians, respectively. Indeed, this would solve many problems at once. However, alas, this will create new problems, and Russia will close many opportunities and strategically important directions for itself.

Transcarpathian foothold


Transcarpathia became part of the Soviet Union on June 29, 1945, when the Treaty between the USSR and the Czechoslovak Republic on Transcarpathian Ukraine was signed. Prior to that, this region was called Carpathian Rus, Carpathian Rus, Ugric Rus, Carpathian Ukraine, Transcarpathian Ukraine and Subcarpathia and belonged to Hungary, Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia in different periods, and now - Independent. Why did Comrade Stalin annex to Ukraine not only Galicia with Volhynia and Bukovina, but also Transcarpathia?

The answer to this question lies in the very name of the region. The Carpathian mountain system is located in Eastern Europe, on the territory of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Austria. Transcarpathia itself borders simultaneously with four European countries - Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. For comparison: other Ukrainian regions are adjacent to a maximum of two states. The geographical location was one of the main reasons that prompted Joseph Vissarionovich to push the border of the USSR as far as possible to the West.

Comrade Stalin was a son of his time and knew perfectly well what difficulties the Russian army faced during the First World War in overcoming the Carpathian ridge. In 1914-1915, our command tried to carry out the Carpathian operation on the Southwestern Front with the aim of entering Hungary and withdrawing Germany's main ally from the war. The Germans could not allow this and transferred 10 divisions, the so-called Southern Army, to help. Under the command of A. von Mackensen, the German troops, reinforced by the Austrian ones, in 1915 carried out, unfortunately for us, the successful Gorlitsky offensive operation. As a result of the Gorlitsky breakthrough, all previous conquests were lost, and it became the beginning of the Great Retreat of the Russian army.

Without exaggeration and quotation marks, the great geopolitician Stalin drew conclusions from this historical lesson and, at the first opportunity, annexed Eastern Cressy and Transcarpathia to the USSR so that the Red Army would initially have its own convenient foothold behind the Carpathians. And it came in handy at least twice. For the first time after the end of the Second World War, Soviet troops were forced to re-enter the territory of Eastern Europe to suppress the Hungarian uprising (Hungarian counter-revolutionary rebellion) in 1956. The second time from Transcarpathia, our military entered Czechoslovakia in 1968 during the operation, called the "Danube".

"Carpathian corridor"


Unlike some contemporaries, Iosif Vissarionovich clearly knew what and why he was doing and what benefits his decisions could bring to the country. The question of where to go for our troops, whether it is worth sitting down at the negotiating table with drug addicts and Nazi criminals, would not even have been raised. But what kind of "geopoliticians" we have, we have such.

Can today's Russian Federation need the Carpathian Corridor, or are the options with the entry of the RF Armed Forces into the territory of Eastern Europe, in principle, no longer being considered?

It is worth recalling that there, in the South-East of Europe, there remains the last de facto ally of Russia in the West - Serbia. In early June, neighboring countries that are part of the NATO bloc closed their airspace for a plane with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to fly to Belgrade. Bad sign. In the same place, next to it, is Romania, intending to absorb Moldova, for which it will first have to somehow resolve the issue with the pro-Russian enclave - Transnistria. Gagauzia also opposes the unionist project of Bucharest and the Romanian citizen - Moldovan President Maia Sandu. Plus, in "Greater Romania" there would be a place for Northern Bukovina, which is still part of the Independent.

The Balkans have always been the "powder keg of Europe" and remain so to this day. After Ukraine, Russia will be hit indirectly through its last allies in the Old World and protectorates. Eastern Cressy, Transcarpathia and Odessa region are the real "gates to Europe", the possession of which radically changes the geopolitical weight of Moscow in the "Great Game". But, apparently, political we simply do not have figures of the scale corresponding to the task.

Let's forget about the Polish and Moldovan borders and we will negotiate with the Ukrainian Nazis on their denazification and demilitarization. For a coffee muffin at the Vienna Opera. For the water bus in London. For the sake of a residence permit in France for the collective "Lisa Peskova". For a villa on Lake Como.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 19 July 2022 16: 26
    +5
    With the battle they took the city of Lublin, the whole city passed,
    And read the last street name,
    And the name is, right, the word battle:
    Varshavskaya street goes through the city -
    So it’s our way there,
    So we are there
    Warsaw street leads us to the west

    For starters, it would be nice to take Odessa. And then they are going to demolish the monument to the founder of this city. And only then think about the Carpathians.
  2. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 19 July 2022 16: 28
    0
    Quote: Bulanov
    For starters, it would be nice to return Odessa. And then they are going to demolish the monument to the founder of this city.

    This is not a question for me. And to our guardians for the "grain corridors"
    P.S. and the article is not about that, in fact. hi
  3. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 19 July 2022 16: 33
    +1
    "Carpathian corridor"?
    V. Vysotsky: "He went through the corridor and ended up with a wall, it seems."

    Significantly at the end of the Author's publication:

    But, apparently, we simply do not have a political figure of a scale corresponding to the task.

    Really respected sees himself as a politician equal to I.V. Stalin, and claims to be the successor of V.V. Putin?
    In principle: "The soldier who does not want to become a general is bad."
    But in order to achieve the set goal: the respected applicant has neither sources of funding, nor his own political structure, and even support "from above". Alas!
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 19 July 2022 18: 11
      -2
      Really respected sees himself as a politician equal to I.V. Stalin, and claims to be the successor of V.V. Putin?

      From what such a conclusion followed? I have no political ambitions.
      I want the government to simply do well what it was chosen for. We.

      But in order to achieve the set goal: the respected applicant has neither sources of funding, nor his own political structure, and even support "from above". Alas!

      As a political scientist, I know this "kitchen" all too well: who, how and why brought the current president to power and what his successor will be like. Philistine reasoning on this subject only makes me smile. Sad.
      1. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
        Michael L. 19 July 2022 19: 18
        +1
        Question - can not be a conclusion!
        Did you dive into the bushes?
        Arguing like a layman: "disrespect for a bad soldier"! ;-(
        1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
          Marzhecki (Sergei) 19 July 2022 20: 29
          -2
          Did you dive into the bushes?

          What a fantasy smile Diving into the bushes is something else.
          Of course, I would make a fuss and would not allow what is happening in Ukraine, but that is why people like me who uphold the ideas of social justice, in some ways even "frostbitten" and uncontrollable, are not needed in power. They need those who have 8 suitcases of compromising evidence to correct their behavior. wink All sorts of Minsk agreements to sign
      2. aslanxnumx Offline aslanxnumx
        aslanxnumx (Aslan) 20 July 2022 07: 53
        0
        If they had elected, they would have performed it, and so the same persons in a circle and no responsibility
  4. InanRom Offline InanRom
    InanRom (Ivan) 19 July 2022 16: 37
    -1
    well, for now:

    15.30 Rockets for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems with a range of up to 300 km have already been delivered to Ukraine - Eduard Basurin, official representative of the People's Militia of the DPR.

    and touching concern for "non-brothers", "starving" consumers in the form of European cattle, and for their "image" with "partners":

    16.10 Russia is ready to make every effort to get Ukrainian grain on the world market - Peskov.

    in the meantime, someone is running around with a "sack" of grain:

    11.20 The Bryansk governor announced the shelling of the village of Novye Yurkovichi from the territory of Ukraine, there were no casualties, the road was damaged.

    11.45 The Bryansk governor announced another shelling from Ukraine: the village of Lomakovka was under fire, there were no victims or injured.

    15.10 The control room of the shipping lock of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station was damaged when the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit Novaya Kakhovka the day before.

    and the next "muddy" negotiations and air shaking:

    14.00 Russia, in case of resumption of negotiations with Kyiv, will put forward more stringent negotiation conditions both in essence and in time of their execution - Slutsky.

    8.40 am The shelling of cities and towns of the LPR, which was completely liberated from Ukrainian armed formations in early July, will stop soon - First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Viktor Vodolatsky.

    The former communal worker, nomenclature worker, edros and "chief Cossack", apparently with one wave of his eyebrows will stop everything ... Then he would answer why arrivals to the territory of Russia do not stop, including his native Rostov region ?!
    And, if this "soon time" is the same as "hitting the centers" ...
    How they love to puff out their cheeks and shake the air of deputies and bureaucrats of all stripes ... while the army, without further ado, is fighting heroically against Bandera, mercenaries and NATO rabble ...

    and in the meantime, on a piece of iron (for some reason, a whole one):

    13.45 A Polish hospital train with seriously wounded Ukrainian servicemen delivered a group of 32 soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to hospitals in Poland at night.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 19 July 2022 18: 49
      -1
      16.10 Russia is ready to make every effort to get Ukrainian grain on the world market - Peskov.

      All this Ukrainian grain is fodder. It is necessary for European cattle.
      For the sake of cattle, Odessa and Nikolaev are being drained by our "great geopoliticians"
    2. pedro-petro Offline pedro-petro
      pedro-petro (Kirill) 20 July 2022 19: 16
      0
      Screaming amateurism + arch-arrogance. Bad
    3. vik669 Offline vik669
      vik669 (vik669) 21 July 2022 15: 14
      -1
      well, for now: the Carpathian corridor is of course ... just close the gate to Rostov Voronezh, etc. so that it doesn’t fly so often, otherwise we will soon get to Tula from ...!
  5. Ignatov Oleg Georgievich (Oleg) 20 July 2022 05: 22
    +1
    The author seems to have no concept of shores at all. For some reason, he dragged Stalin in as an example of a non-negotiator and a stern uncle pleasing about the interests of the country - not that the current tribe is heroes, not you! But the author forgets, if he knows at all (which I am already beginning to doubt) that Stalin fought with foreign troops, negotiations with which could be carried out exclusively about the time of surrender, or we will destroy everyone to zero. The task of the current operation (not a war until the complete destruction of human resources) is to save the lives of the civilian population. Until the author understands what it is, it is pointless to discuss with him. The author wants, like the Americans, to raze to the ground both residential buildings and Natsiks and civilians - everything and everyone! Leave the conquered, scorched desert. If it were so, then Kyiv would not have been in nature for a long time. Yes, why negotiate if they simply do not make sense. The tasks are completely different. Our task is to save civilians. And do you know the author why? well, except for the main reason - they are ours - Russians, our brothers, sisters, our common ancestors, salvation from the Nazis, and these saved people will then gather for referendums and send Ukraine somewhere else, and join their territories with Russia! And you don't want that, do you? You would have blood and it doesn’t matter anymore whether it’s Russian or Ukrainian blood.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 20 July 2022 07: 43
      -2
      The author has the concept of coasts, it seems completely absent. For some reason, he dragged Stalin in as an example of a non-negotiator and a stern uncle pleasing about the interests of the country - not that the current tribe is heroes, not you! But the author forgets, if he knows at all (which I am already beginning to doubt) that Stalin fought with foreign troops, negotiations with which could be carried out exclusively about the time of surrender, or we will destroy everyone to zero. The task of the current operation (not a war until the complete destruction of human resources) is to save the lives of the civilian population. Until the author understands what it is, it is pointless to discuss with him.

      You are talking complete nonsense, not understanding what I wrote, and attributing to me what I did not write.
  6. Squid X Offline Squid X
    Squid X (Serg X) 20 July 2022 05: 59
    -2
    Russia's Carpathian corridor would certainly come in handy. like the English Channel and Gibraltar. "He will eat then he will eat, but who will give him ..."
    and in fact the Donetsk region would have had time to liberate, before the truce caused by the exhaustion of forces
  7. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 20 July 2022 07: 42
    -1
    Quote from Squid X
    and in fact the Donetsk region would have had time to liberate, before the truce caused by the exhaustion of forces

    Whose depletion of strength? It seems that the APU is running out of strength, isn't it?
    A truce will undoubtedly be, but for a different reason. Our government does not want to defeat the Nazis in their lair, it wants to negotiate with them. Tov. I remembered Stalin precisely for this reason, for contrast.
  8. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
    Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 20 July 2022 08: 51
    +1
    I fully support the author, not an inch of land for gas extortion or a springboard for eternal aggression against Russia, do not give anything to any Poles and others like them!
  9. Sergey Ochkivsky (Sergey Ochkivsky) 20 July 2022 12: 58
    +2
    Finally a SINGLE ONE!!!
    Back in 17 in the material LESSONS OF UKRAINE on the Chernihiv website
    See https://midgard-edem.org/?p=2608
    wrote the following. ... neither the Kremlin nor the Russian public will tolerate a hostile Nazi state at their borders, and no one will be able to prevent the liquidation of Ukraine in its current form. Hope - THE WEST WILL HELP US, the Russophobic elite - are groundless. The preservation of Ukraine as a sovereign state, especially its socio-economic development, is not included in the goals and tasks solved by the West on its territory. ... Despite the Kremlin's apparent unwillingness to hang this yoke on itself, there is nothing left but to REFORM UKRAINE THROUGH THE DONBASS AND COMPLETELY REPLACE THE RUSSOPHOBIC ELITE. In another option, the breakaway Ukrainian regions will become for many years, as it has already been in our history, a SOURCE OF A PERMANENT TERRORIST THREAT FOR RUSSIA ITSELF.
    "New Ukraine without Donbass and Galicia" The authors proclaiming this nonsense do not understand the topic AT ALL! As well as those who want the reunification of part of it with Russia. The foundation of the war was laid almost 200 years ago by Austria-Hungary. It was there that Ukrainian nationalism was nurtured. Moreover, in 1914 there was the FIRST GENOCIDE in Europe against the RUSINS (there were no Ukrainians yet) of Galicia, who sympathized with Russia. Several TENS of thousands were executed, several HUNDREDS of thousands passed through concentration camps. There are NO exact figures, since this GENOCIDE was not investigated. Then Germany took up the cultivation of nationalists. Contrary to popular belief, most of the Nazi organizations that became the foundation of the RIGHT SECTOR are by no means from the west of present-day Ukraine: “Trident” was born in Dneprodzerzhinsk, Dnepropetrovsk region, “Patriot of Ukraine” - in Kharkov, “White Hammer” - in Kyiv. In one of the cities of the Volga region, there was a long time ago a scandal associated with the appearance of a quote from A. Hitler in public transport. And in my opinion, such statements of our enemies should hang in our homes, starting from the cradle: "We will only defeat Russia when the Belarusians and Ukrainians stop considering themselves Russians." In my opinion, there is still no complete understanding of how important the course of events in Ukraine is for Russia.
  10. Panzer1962 Offline Panzer1962
    Panzer1962 (Panzer1962) 20 July 2022 14: 29
    +1
    I agree with those who propose not to aim at the ruble in order to hit a penny. It will be possible to think about the corridor when our tanks are at Vinnitsa and Zhitomir.
    Because now we can see with indescribable surprise the Polish troops in Odessa, Chernigov, Poltava on the basis of the law on the status of the Poles. And then long and hard scratching turnips, as we should be.
  11. soloist2424 Offline soloist2424
    soloist2424 (Oleg) 20 July 2022 16: 11
    +2
    As I understand it, the author considers the benefits of Transcarpathia solely from the point of view of a brigadier general - whether it will be convenient for my army to advance without this bridgehead. But the question is not worth it. Russia does not need a land corridor to Serbia. And I hope that things will not come to a war with the Poles-Romanians. There is a task: to destroy Nazism in Ukraine, to bring the presumptuous European partners to their senses and to prepare a wooden mackintosh for the American old man. For these purposes, I do not see the need for Transcarpathia.
  12. Kade_t Offline Kade_t
    Kade_t (Igor) 20 July 2022 16: 36
    -1
    To reach the Dnieper in frosts, and then dreams of the Carpathians ...
  13. Ksv Offline Ksv
    Ksv (Sergei) 20 July 2022 19: 15
    +3
    I agree with the author! Ukraine must be taken in its entirety, including Westernization. The population of Westernization needs to be squeezed out of the border by soft methods, irrevocably naturally. Do not let them into Russia, formally consider them citizens of the new Ukraine, so to speak, but actually strike them with their rights. This is their Nazi ideology, these are their sons, husbands, brothers who killed and continue to kill the Russian population of Ukraine! Plus, take out everything that is of economic value from the territory of the West. If they are so beautiful and better
    Us, as they think, let them build their own new life with their own labor, or move to Europe.
    Everything that the USSR built for them should return to Russia and on the territory of Russian Ukraine.
    P.S. Ukroreich must be destroyed
    1. Ksv Offline Ksv
      Ksv (Sergei) 20 July 2022 21: 28
      +1
      And destroy the bridges over the Danube in the first place
    2. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
      Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) 21 July 2022 12: 07
      0
      I disagree, Ukroreich should not be destroyed, but DESTROYED!!!
      1. Ksv Offline Ksv
        Ksv (Sergei) 22 July 2022 15: 03
        0
        "Carthage must be destroyed" was a historical reference
  14. ZnahWest Offline ZnahWest
    ZnahWest (Ingvar b) 21 July 2022 12: 04
    -1
    Yes, there is some kind of political fuss with the agreements ...
  15. bratchanin3 Offline bratchanin3
    bratchanin3 (Gennady) 26 July 2022 06: 10
    0
    Strongly written! The author is harsh, but fair, and yet, I do not agree that we do not have politicians on the level of Stalin. There is no need to remember what hole Putin pulled out of the Russian army and how he had to encrypt and hide from Anglo-Saxon intelligence.