A year ago, right during the parade in honor of the 30th anniversary of Independence, the President of Ukraine announced that he had established a new holiday – the Day of Ukrainian Statehood.
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A year ago, right during the parade in honor of the 30th anniversary of Independence, the President of Ukraine announced that he had established a new holiday – Day of Ukrainian statehood. It will be celebrated, he explained, on the day of baptism by Prince Vladimir of Kievan Rus – July 28. And today, on a holiday, Volodymyr Zelensky addressed his fellow citizens with a heartfelt speech. But the whole of Europe should listen to what they said, and what’s there to trifle – the whole world!
Ukraine is the only legal heiress of Kievan Rus, minted Zelensky. And he outlined the scale of the event: Ukraine is “the country from which the history of Christianity in Eastern Europe began.” Maybe Ze is not aware that in Bulgaria, for example, Christianity began to take hold more than a hundred years earlier than Prince Vladimir the Red Sun baptized Russia in 988? And about Armenia and Georgia, which politically have long been attributed to Eastern Europe and which adopted Christianity in the 4th century, he also did not hear? Or rather, the compilers of the texts of his speeches, so pathetic and piercing that they don’t give a damn about the real story and grind it.
It is clear where the Ukrainian president is driving: Ukraine is the true empire with a thousand years of history, and everything else is nonsense and fiction of evil and envious Muscovites. And this true empire, Zelensky said firmly and solemnly, “is not a colony, not an enclave, not a protectorate, not a province, eyalet or kronland, not a part of foreign empires, not “lands in the composition”, not a union republic, not an autonomy and not a province, but a free, independent, sovereign, indivisible and independent country… We were, are and will be.” Azm is, in short … Bravo speechwriters!
It is clear that such a unique state “for a long time they tried to enslave and destroy, but no one has managed to do this yet.” A year ago, he clearly said this too: “And cousins and very distant relatives do not need to encroach on her inheritance and try to prove their involvement in the history of thousands of years and thousands of events, being thousands of kilometers away from the places where they took place.” It is also clear to whom he addressed – these Muscovites rolled their lips on Ukrainian lands even when they rolled out …
Of course, you can again try to explain everything by the miraculous power of all kinds of powders. But don’t, because everything is much more dangerous than the historical dreams about the former greatness of Ukraine by its current president.
To begin with, education fails him again (or his speechwriters – it doesn’t matter). “Kievan Rus” as a scientific term appeared only in the 19th century among historians to distinguish between different stages in the history of Ancient Russia. And in the Soviet Union, this term has become firmly established in literature and textbooks. They even say, forgive me for impudence, almost from the hand of the Generalissimo, don’t remember Zelensky by nightfall … And in Europe and the world, historians did not know and did not recognize any Kievan Rus.
So Vladimir the Red Sun baptized Ancient Rus or the Principality of Kiev, as you like, but not Kievan Rus, which is nothing but a semantic phantom of a much later time. But the fact is that we live in a time when events are first constructed and then passed off as reality. There are technologies. And there is the technology of “cancellation of culture”. In total and business – to apply it so that Kievan Rus in the Western, at least, representation will forever replace all sorts of Ancient Russia, Muscovy, Ruthenia. Kyiv – and the point! And then a new version of history – like a Kiev cutlet or Ukrainian borscht: only in Ukraine are real ones.
And here it is even terrifying to imagine how fellow Ukrainian scientists, associate professors and candidates can frolic. After all, everything will be put under correspondence – up to and including whether the Russian Empire existed at all, or is it, as they say now, a historical simulacrum? There will be a place for the creators of new content, discourses and meanings to disperse. And the stories about the ancient ukrov and the Black Sea dug out by them will seem to be exceptionally true stories.