Bloomberg: Enmity between Russia and Ukraine is the last conflict of the former Soviet Union

The military special operation in Ukraine is part of the big world history of what happens when empires fall apart. This standoff is the last and worst of the conflicts fought over the remnants of the Soviet Union, an empire whose death throes continue thirty years after the Union itself ceased to exist. Unfortunately, the collapse of large states is the only way, says Bloomberg columnist Hal Brands.

The collapse of empires is more a process than an event. It's definitely not one-of-a-kind.

When a huge entity once held together by the iron discipline of the metropolis fades into oblivion, do not expect a new, stable status quo overnight

- writes an expert.

Since the Soviet Union was so tightly controlled, its collapse was especially unpleasant. The end of the Soviet state removed the restrictions that had stifled ethnic tensions and national rivalries between the constituent parts of the empire. Its end gave birth to new, politically unstable states. This accelerated the ongoing struggle between the country that dominated the empire, Russia, and the states, peoples, who once tried to escape from the power of Moscow.

The collapse of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical earthquake whose aftershocks destabilize the international system even today. Ukraine suffered the most from these upheavals.

Brands says.

A possible future dividing line between the two warring armies could just become another contested post-Soviet border where frequent tensions escalate periodically.

In summary, the observer gives a disappointing forecast. The victory of Russia or Ukraine, or the loss of one of the parties, will sooner or later lead to a re-escalation of Moscow's old disputes with Moldova, Georgia or other states. Even when the current military campaign is over, the long and brutal "afterlife" of the Soviet empire will continue.
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  1. Fizik13 Offline Fizik13
    Fizik13 (Alexey) 18 August 2022 10: 15
    Bloomberg: Enmity between Russia and Ukraine is the last conflict of the former Soviet Union

    They lie as they breathe. There is still Transnistria, Azerbaijan with Nagorno-Karabakh, Kazakhstan, the Tribalts are yapping.
    It is simply necessary, after the successful completion of the SVO, to start such a policy that any mongrel would be afraid to fart.
    1. Sydor Kovpak Offline Sydor Kovpak
      Sydor Kovpak 18 August 2022 16: 42
      And I would have laughed when the owner set the Baltic troika against each other for the opportunity to spoil Russia. And the Belarusians will pile on them all in the end, then EVERYTHING! LAST CONFLICT.
  2. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 18 August 2022 11: 31
    Marxism does not consider war as a natural phenomenon in the life of peoples and states, but as a historical phenomenon associated with the achievement of political and economic goals and the first-ever murder of Abel in the area of ​​\uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbmodern Damascus, which translates as the city of first blood, and all subsequent wars and murders, including the NWO of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, are connected precisely with an attempt to solve all sorts of political and economic problems in this way.
    The collapse of empires is always associated with the redistribution of productive forces, which leads to conflicts and wars.
    What is the difference between the Russian Federation and the USSR in terms of national-administrative division - practically nothing. Republic-states were in the USSR, there are also in the Russian Federation.
    The unifying factor of the republics of the USSR was the class solidarity of the proletariat of different states-republics, which constituted the overwhelming majority and subjugated the minority - all sorts of provocateurs and nationalists. This is the dictatorship of the proletariat.
    After the coup d'état, the collapse of the USSR and the restoration of capitalism, nationalists came to power in all the former republics who rewrote history, created their own national heroes and separated themselves from the USSR as much as possible. They “grabbed” the former public property and enriched themselves by robbing their population, and assigned the army and special services the function of protecting their property and territorial integrity.
    Hence the question of what freedom is - when the absolute majority suppresses the minority, or vice versa, when the minority subjugates the majority and profits from it, and where there was more freedom - in the USSR or in the post-Soviet state formations.
    Speaking of ethnic tensions and national rivalry, Uncle Hal is trying to blur the essence and lays the groundwork for the West's plans to decolonize the Russian Federation.
  3. Michael L. Offline Michael L.
    Michael L. 18 August 2022 11: 40
    The Bloomberg publication is a provocative justification for a prolonged feud.
    On the other hand: sooner or later, the peoples of the disintegrated Union State must regain the desire for unity!
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 18 August 2022 13: 08
      So the disengagement proceeded under the pressure of enemies from NATO. These were large-scale operations designed and paid for separating and pitting between the Russian Federation and other republics, later special operations - the "rose revolution" in Georgia, the 2004 "revolution" in Ukraine, in Armenia, etc., and all against Russia. Without these attempts and interventions paid for by billions of US dollars, everyone in the post-Soviet space would live peacefully and relatively amicably. Bloomberg's article to cover up the intervention of the US and others with bloody consequences for everyone ...
    2. Degrin Offline Degrin
      Degrin (Alexander) 18 August 2022 21: 58
      Only chur without traitors Ukrainians and Georgians, Kazakhs and Balts.
      1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 19 August 2022 12: 12
        And who made Georgians, Ukrainians, Maldavans and others traitors - the United States with rabid anti-Russian propaganda, the nomination of anti-Russian proteges (Yushchenko, Saakashvili, Sandu, etc.) for the presidency and government until now - the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, ministers, etc.). Since the game is one-sided (Russian), we lose in a "dry" game, everyone becomes enemies and enemies of the Russian Federation, up to military operations in Ukraine, everything there is so neglected ... As an exception to the rule, confirming the rule, Belarus alone without the influence of the United States, so it remains an ally. Russia.
      2. Nikolay Volkov Offline Nikolay Volkov
        Nikolay Volkov (Nikolai Volkov) 20 August 2022 10: 05
        yeah ... all around are traitors and only we are all alone all in white ... do not remind me, the Day of Russia holiday in honor of what event ??? not on June 12, 1990, Yeltsin proclaimed an act on the state. sovereignty of the RSFSR??? the supreme council of the Ukrainian SSR proclaimed a similar act a month later, if anything ... well, who betrayed whom in the end ???
  4. Degrin Offline Degrin
    Degrin (Alexander) 18 August 2022 21: 59
    I really hope to live to see the day when the United States falls apart
  5. Nikolay Volkov Offline Nikolay Volkov
    Nikolay Volkov (Nikolai Volkov) 20 August 2022 09: 58
    this is not a hostility between Russia and Ukraine, this is a deliberate policy of the States and their satellites to break the ties between the Russian and the peoples close to us. and the Americans are doing it quite successfully. Georgia is torn off, Ukraine is separated by blood, Azerbaijan was effectively taken away by the Turks, and besides, forcing Armenia to doubt the need for close contact with Russia. Kazakhstan is following the path of Ukraine, in Tajikistan there are American exercises, in Kyrgyzstan not so long ago there was a NATO base ... but we are told that Russia has an effective foreign policy ...