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Ukraine-The Rest of the Story

By Greg Samples


To understand the present situation in Ukraine, it is necessary to be aware of the history, especially since 2005 but also all the way back to Napoleon. Russia has been invaded on a massive scale through Ukraine three times in the last two centuries, first by France under Napoleon, and twice by Germany in World Wars I and II. After World War II, Russia, then the Soviet Union, had occupied much of the land through which they were attacked, including eastern Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Ukraine. They implemented Soviet style governments in each of these areas, on the one hand to broaden communism, but also to act as a buffer from future invasions from the west.

Russian speaking people began settling in what is now northeastern Ukraine in the 16th century. More Russian speakers arrived in the northern, central and eastern territories in the late 17th century following a rebellion in Poland, which converted it from a sparsely populated frontier to one of the major populated regions of Tsarist Russia. In the late 18th century, large numbers of Russians, as well as other Christians and Jews who fled the Ottoman Empire, settled in lands now known as southern Ukraine, a region then known as Novorossiya (New Russia). The area was previously sparsely populated due to the threat of raids by Crimean-Tatar (Turkish) soldiers, but once Russia had eliminated the raids as a threat, Russian nobles were granted large tracts of fertile land for working by newly arrived peasants, both Ukrainian and Russian. There followed a substantial increase in the urban Russian population as ethnic Russian settlers moved into the growing industrialized towns. The end result was a heavy ethnic Russian population in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine and the major urban areas that continues until today. In the 20th century, Russians formed the largest ethnic group in almost all large cities, including Kiev at over 54%.

After World War II, the CIA instigated Operation Aerodynamic, which was a longstanding program designed to seek out Ukrainians with anti-Soviet views and assist them in increasing their influence. When the Soviet Union dissolved beginning in 1989 until late 1991, many of its former republics became independent, including Ukraine. However, one of the conditions agreed to by Ukraine and the other newly independent republics was that they would never join NATO. From the Russian perspective, this was to provide a buffer between the Russia and the west which had inflicted such devastating losses on Russia during the last 200 years.

To varying degrees, Russia and all of her former republics had discarded communism and adopted a market economy by the turn of the 21st century. The Cold War was over, and the philosophical threat of the spread of communism to the rest of Europe had ended. However, this did not prevent the CIA from continuing to be involved in Ukraine. Ukraine is the second largest geographic area in Europe, and has abundant natural resources and fertile farmlands. The struggle for control of Ukraine became one of economic benefit rather than political philosophy. Unlike most of the other former Soviet republics, Ukraine had an enduring affinity to Russia due to its heavy ethnic Russian population.

The CIA has executed various "color revolutions" around the world, beginning in Iran in the early Eisenhower administration, and other countries such as Nicaragua and Czechoslovakia. The Orange Revolution is the name of the coup that played out in Ukraine, first after the 2004 presidential election, and then finally with the successful ouster of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. Yanukovych had favored much needed loans from Moscow, rather than higher interest loans from western banks. Even though another election was just months away, the CIA paid local thugs and agitators in Kiev to riot and demand Yanukovych’s resignation. Over a hundred protestors and police were killed. The coup was successful, and the successor, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was hand picked by the US State department as evidenced by a leaked phone call between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Yatsenyuk was reported to be a neo-nazi sympathizer and after the coup many parts of Ukraine were controlled by a group of nazi sympathizers known as the Azov Battalion. They travelled around the country, often displaying nazi symbols, and committing violence against detractors.

Ukraine has been in a state of de facto civil war since 2014, essentially split between European Union sympathizers in the west, and Russia sympathizers in the east. Almost immediately Crimea, with a heavy Russian population, held a referendum and voted to leave Ukraine and become a part of Russia, which was accepted by the Russian Parliament. The eastern area known as the Donbas, also heavily Russian, has been attacked, bombed, and starved by its own government regularly since 2014. Food and supplies meant for the Donbas region often did not reach their destinations and had to be smuggled in. Since 2014, the Ukraine government has consistently been viewed as one of the most corrupt governments in the world.

Vice President Joe Biden was the person charged with administering Ukraine policy during this time. His son Hunter, with no experience at all, became a board member of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in 2014 with a salary of $83,000 per month. When a Ukrainian prosecutor began investigating questionable practices by Burisma, Vice President Biden threatened to cut off US aid to Ukraine unless the prosecutor was fired. The prosecutor was fired and the Vice President bragged about it during an interview on C-Span.

When Biden became president, the administration became receptive to the idea of NATO membership for Ukraine, and Biden actively advocated for it. This was a bad idea for all parties involved, but especially to Russia for the above mentioned reasons. With the threat of NATO membership looming, and ethnic Russians being abused in the Donbas region, Russia invaded Ukraine. After securing the Donbas region, referendums were held and declared valid by all 133 international observers. The vote was overwhelming for independence and joining Russia. The Russian Parliament approved, and the Donbas region is now officially a part of Russia. This is NOT GOING TO CHANGE short of a massive war involving all of Europe and the US. It is the will of the people in the area as expressed by their plebiscite. It is legal, moral, and proper.

In 2019 Volodymyr Zelensyy became President of Ukraine. He was portrayed in the western media as a former comedian who turned to politics much in the manner of Ronald Reagan. The reality is that he had a law degree, and was a former student of Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The World Economic Forum is an organization promoting extensive changes to world governance, and is the originator of the term "stakeholder capitalism", which is actually not capitalism at all, but a form of fascism, where the means of production is privately owned but controlled by the state. The WEF has for decades been establishing itself by implanting its students in positions of power. Besides Zelenskyy, some of those students include Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, as well as members of the United States Congress.

Regardless of the geopolitical struggle between the USA and Russia, the reality is that the people living in eastern Ukraine have a vastly different perspective of what is best for them than people living in western Ukraine. There is no rightful reason why either side should be forced to accept a governance that they do not want. If the US and western Europe stopped financially supporting the Ukraine government and refrained from advocating NATO membership for them, the war would quickly end, the people of both east and west would find peace separately, and the world would retreat from the possibility of a wider war on a massive scale.

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