The West encouraged Ukraine to poke the Russian bear and the Russian bear attacked.
For more than a decade, the US and UK has spending billions of dollars into the corrupt politics of Ukraine. As noted in this blog before George Soros got $2 billion from USAID to
bribe train journalists, politicians and activists.
Despite their candidates losing the elections, the US staged a coup in the form of the 2014 Maidan demonstrations. They sent neo Nazis and other criminal elements to shoot into the crowds and seize power. Alarmed at the rise of traitors and neo-Nazis in Kiev, separatists movements formed in the South and East. Ukraine’s new rulers suddenly became hostile to people’s power and demonstrations. Instead of a federal system, the new tyrants to started to run the far-flung regions of Ukraine directly from Kiev. They sent the military to deal with dissidents everywhere else. Dissidents in Crimea declared independence and Russia moved in quickly. (Crimea was Russian territory that was given to Ukraine Socialist Soviet Republic (Ukraine SSR) by Stalin’s successor Nikita Krushchev.) In the Donbass regions (Donetsk and Lugansk) where ethnic Russians were in a majority, Russia decided to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty. But, Urkaine’s ground forces shelled the two regions and airforce strafed civilian homes and public buildings identifying them as hideouts of terrorists. Russian military irregulars then joined hands with dissidents in Donbass to repulse the attackers. Under the tutelage of US and UK advisors, Kiev instituted xenophobic policies against ethnic Russians. The country’s main language was Russian. Most ethnic Ukrainians did not know or speak Ukrainian. Ukrainianian was resurrected and Russian was essentially banned. Wild threatening statements against Russians were released by neo-Nazis in power. Every year since 2014, Russia has conducted military exercises adjoining Ukraine. Each time, Ukraine claimed Russia was going to invade. In 2021 too, the US intel agencies and military claimed Russia was going to invade. With the pandemic winding down, the economy in shambles, rising inflation, Federal Reserve reversing interest rates, Hunter Biden laptop scandal reviving and Hillary Clinton’s collusion with intel agencies in smearing Trump getting revealed, Burismaiden administration needed a diversion. Like last year, US govt claimed that Russia was going to invade Ukraine. However, this time, they were going to force Russia do it. In the Georgian conflict and Donbass conflict, the Americans had learned just how many casualties had to occur before Russian military moved in. They asked the Ukraine military to cross defense lines held by Donbass separatists and started shelling civilian areas. This was against the Minsk agreements that had held somewhat of a truce in the region. As casualties increased, the leaders of the two breakaway republics appealed to Russia to intervene as lines had been crossed and deaths have increased. This was the reason Russia sent it its troops. Even Russia did not anticipate the escalation. Or, it would have prepared this long ago. It was a surprise for Russia too. As all militaries do, they have tentative war plans to deal with unforseen future events. So, they had a Ukraine invasion plan. It was dusted off and put into action. It was not a good one because if Russia left a lot of its foreign reserves with Western countries. All the oligarchs were docked in Western ports. If they had indeed planned to invade Ukraine, they would converted a substantial amount of their reserves into gold or repatriated them. They would not have risked sanctions. Even before the war, Russia was under sanctions. The US has anyway revealed that they declassified fake intelligence to make it difficult for Russia to intervene in Donbass.
In a break with the past, U.S. is using intel to fight an info war with Russia, even when the intel isn’t rock solidIn a break with the past, U.S. is using intel to fight an info war with Russia, even when the intel isn’t rock solid
“It doesn’t have to be solid intelligence,” one U.S. official said. “It’s more important to get out ahead of them [the Russians], Putin specifically, before they do something.”
There is a good reason that countries like India and others formed the Non-Aligned Movement decades ago. You do not want to get caught in superpower rivalry. You might get trampled under the feet of giants when when they fight. Or, they might want to use you for fighting a proxy war.
Ukrainians did resist but in the long run they had no chance. The amount of Western money pouring into the pockets of their politicians was just too much for such a poor country. The xenophobic war pitting one slav against another in the same country has become a historical disaster. You would think that a country that had suffered so much under the Germans and the Soviets would have learned something. No. History repeats like a cruel gramaphone record.