Russia Invades Ukraine
"Missiles and airstrikes hit Kyiv and more than a dozen other cities across Ukraine, minutes after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation. President Biden called the move unprovoked and unjustified, pledging further action against Russia."
The above snip is courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.
That is an unprotected link courtesy of the Journal.
From a Source I Trust
"(Wednesday, 11:50pm U.S. Eastern Time.) Latest news is that Russian marines and helicopter-borne infantry have landed (seemingly unopposed) in Odessa, a large, very Russian-oriented coastal city in western Ukraine. Airborne forces have also reportedly landed in Dnepropetrovsk, over 60 kilometers behind Ukrainian front lines in the Donbass. Logistical and air defense facilities are being bombed throughout the country."
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A Word About Borders
I am deeply saddened by this turn of events.
At the same time, I point out the US has made a mess of things every step of the way starting with the overthrowing a democratically elected leader in Iran and replacing that person with a US puppet.
We had a war with Vietnam based on lies, then another in Iraq based on lies.
We support Saudi Arabia and send it weapons in which to attack Yemen.
We side with Sunnis over Shiites when none of it is our business.
We punish Iranian, Venezuelan, and Cuban citizens because they have leaders we don't like.
Yet, we make friends with some of the most brutal regimes on the theory "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".
The Roots of This Crisis
The roots of this crisis dates to 2014 when the US got involved in a coup dubbed "Maidan" to overthrow the Ukrainian president.
The Cato Institute explains America’s Ukraine Hypocrisy
Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was not an admirable character. After his election in 2010, he used patronage and other instruments of state power in a flagrant fashion to the advantage of his political party.
Despite his leadership defects and character flaws, Yanukovych had been duly elected in balloting that international observers considered reasonably free and fair—about the best standard one can hope for outside the mature Western democracies.
Instead, Western leaders made it clear that they supported the efforts of demonstrators to force Yanukovych to reverse course and approve the EU agreement or, if he would not do so, to remove the president before his term expired. Sen. John McCain (R‑AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to Kiev to show solidarity with the Euromaidan activists. McCain dined with opposition leaders, including members of the ultra right‐wing Svoboda Party, and later appeared on stage in Maidan Square during a mass rally. He stood shoulder to shoulder with Svoboda leader Oleg Tyagnibok.
But McCain’s actions were a model of diplomatic restraint compared to the conduct of Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.
The extent of the Obama administration’s meddling in Ukraine’s politics was breathtaking. Russian intelligence intercepted and leaked to the international media a Nuland telephone call in which she and U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffey Pyatt discussed in detail their preferences for specific personnel in a post‐Yanukovych government. The U.S‑favored candidates included Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the man who became prime minister once Yanukovych was ousted from power. During the telephone call, Nuland stated enthusiastically that “Yats is the guy” who would do the best job.
A February 24, 2014, Washington Post editorial celebrated the Maidan demonstrators and their successful campaign to overthrow Yanukovych. The “moves were democratic,” the Washington Post concluded, and “Kiev is now controlled by pro‐Western parties.”
What Happened in Ukraine?
The mess today in Ukraine has its roots in the 2014 when democratically elected Ukrainian President Yanukovych was toppled in a US-backed coup.
Q: Why did the US want to get rid of Yanukovych?
A: Because he was against Ukraine joining NATO.
The current comedian president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, repeated two days ago his desire to join NATO.
I use the term comedian because he literally is a comedian who ran for office and won.
McCain dined with Svoboda Party leader Oleg Tyagnibok. The Svoboda Party is a group of neo-Nazis.
The citizens of Ukraine were used as pawns in yet another US mission that backfired.
Well who cares about Neo-Nazis as long as they want Ukraine in NATO.
And that's the rest of the story US media will not discuss.
This no way absolves Putin, but US meddling backfires again, and again, and again.
This post originated on MishTalk.Com.
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