We Russian-speaking family do not need Russia to defend our interests. Nobody has ever infringed our rights on Ukrainian territory. We have always lived freely and happily, speaking in the language we are accustomed to. In school we have learned Ukraine’s state language (language of our ancestors) and know it well enough to feel comfortable in a Ukrainian-speaking milieu. We love our Ukraine!
Putin know the so-called ‘protection of Russian-speaking people’ is just a casus belli to invade Ukraine.