Ukraine & “Federalization”
The word “Federalization” has become poison in Ukraine, since Russian FM Sergey Lavrov insisted Ukraine do so immediately.
Local autonomy is the most European thing Ukraine can do, but it’s a bad idea while the Russian military is massed on the border, and Russian sponsored provocateurs are murdering pro-Ukrainian activists.
Let the population arm itself first. No one should ever negotiate with Russians unless they’re heavily armed. (See the Budapest Memorandum, Treaty of Pereyaslav, Catherine’s guarantee that feudalism wouldn’t be imposed after the Kozaks disbanded, Moscow’s promises to the Ukrainian Communist Party, etc, etc, etc.)
In response, Ukraine offered confederalisation plan, 50 state languages to Kremlin: