I think this is largely correct, but it seems that Ukraine is playing the pawn in the game between the West and Russia. It would appear the current government in Ukraine is as corrupt as our own and Russia's and the people of Ukraine are now paying the price for all the backdoor deals with Washington and the EU on one end and Russia on the other.Let’s get one thing straight. Lots of propaganda and excuse making from Putin and those supporting him.
Bio labs? Proof? Why would you be bombing cities if you knew where they are?
This is flat out Russia imperialism. Many times Putin has said that he is wants the borders of the old USSR restored and that it was a terrible thing that they were reduced.
Crimea was a test planned from at least 2007 possibly earlier ( Russians are long range planners) His logic was/is if I can annex Crimea on a false pretense without too much blow back, then we can move to step one ( destabilize The Donbas very normal Soviet tactic) with this destabilization we can ride into Ukraine as the saving heroes. We regain Ukraine suffer sanctions and a lot of whining from spineless Western leaders.
So he waits until we have a weak spineless president and annexes Crimea. What does he get? Some sanctions and a lot of whining from the West.
Step two agents provocateurs already in Donbas stir the pot and start and promote discord and violent actions necessitating Ukraine center all government to act. As I said often used Soviet tactic.
Crimea annexed, Donbas destabilized, when to move in Ukraine and what excuses to use? Ah genocide ( no proof) criminals in power failed state) did he happen to look at his own government? Believe me payola is a way of life in Russia).
We have another spineless less than useless individual in the White House so he makes up his back story as well as his excuses and move to “ liberate” Ukraine.
One small problem Ukraine does not want to be “ liberated” by the way Russian troops weren’t welcomed in the Donbas either.
So now the bear has a problem things are going as planned, the sanctions are bigger than anticipated. So he threatens that which even as he says it knows if it occurred it would be the end of Russia. Bluff. His second bluff is about a no fly zone again bluff as there is not a lot he can do about it.
Time to step and push the rat into the corner, yet leave him an out and see which way he jumps.
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Hard to know what side or what 'facts' to believe in this propaganda war. Have the Russians really botched this invasion as much as the Western media is saying or are they crushing the Ukrainian opposition as they claim?