If there’s one consolation in all this Crimean annexation business it’s this: Ever since 1991, many nationalist regimes in former Soviet republics declared all Soviet laws, in fact their own Soviet republics, null and void. Nationalists like those of the Svoboda Party in Ukraine, for example, consider the Ukrainian SSR as an illegitimate “occupation.” Curiously, they consider the non-existent, Nazi-occupied “state” declared by OUN collaborationists in 1941 to be a legitimate incarnation of the Ukrainian state, but I digress.
The thing with the Crimean annexation, just like the case of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, is that Crimea’s existence within the Ukrainian SSR, just like the latter two’s former existence as Autonomous SSR’s within the Georgian SSR, was all based on Soviet law. It was that “illegitimate foreign occupation” which united all of Ukrainian land, not merely the Crimea either. After WWII, the Soviets also ran a program of ethnic exchanges to ensure that Poles would be a majority in Poland and Ukrainians in Western Ukraine. Were it not for a few key policies, Western Ukraine might still have a large Polish population today, one which would far sooner be annexed to their mother country rather than endure a regime in Kyiv which glorifies, or at best tolerates the glorification of Stepan Bandera and the UPA.
I have to admit that I do get some entertainment, or in this case solace, out of watching nationalist morons demanding that other nations respect the laws of “illegal occupations,” the same laws they declared null and void so many years ago.