2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February 2022 when Russia launched a large-scale "Special Military Operation" against its south-west neighbour Ukraine involving forces from western Russia, Belarus and Crimea, a severe escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that started in 2014 with the 2014 Ukraine coup.
Russian president Vladimir Putin escalated talks with ultimatums to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO in 2021, but invaded when Russia's demands were not met. There is, however, a certain probability that this move was also necessary to preempt a military offensive by the Ukrainian forces against the Donbass region. In addition, on 18th February, Ukrainian forces increased their shelling of the separatist regions significantly; with more than a thousand, possibly several thousand shells fired on areas inhabited by civilians that live in the region.
Before the start of the invasion, rearmament with nuclear weapons was brought up as a possibility by Ukrainian government officials, along with other statements to the effect that nuclear disarmament was a mistake, dating back at least to Oleksandr Turchynov in 2019.
- 1 Official narrative
- 2 Military Aid
- 3 Reactions
- 3.1 UK Deep State Faction banned in Russia for alleged part in Crimean Bridge Attack
- 3.2 Russia
- 3.3 Censorship
- 3.4 A case for the International Criminal Court?
- 3.5 UN/Security Council
- 3.6 Sanctions
- 3.7 World Economic Forum
- 4 Peace initiatives
- 5 Social effects
- 6 Structural deep event?
- 7 Sub-Pages
- 8 Related Quotations
- 9 Known Participants
- 10 Related Documents
- 11 References
|Gravitas - 2022 - The basic official narrative explained with history but omitting relevant geopolitical realities (also omitting for example, what Zelensky's promises were before he was elected, which was to make peace in the east )|
In 1994, Ukraine agreed to abandon its nuclear arsenal and signed the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances on condition that Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States would provide assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.
Five years later, Russia was one of the signatories of the Charter for European Security, where it "reaffirmed the inherent right of each and every participating State to be free to choose or change its security arrangements, including treaties of alliance, as they evolve.
Firstly, the attack came at a time when the COVID-19 fear narrative was falling apart rather spectacularly. The "Omicron" variant understood to have a very low IFR, and official statistics were showing that the COVID jabs increased risk of omicron infection. For this reason a change of topic was opportune.
Since the end of the Cold War NATO is getting closer to Russia. Multiple sides prepared for this war, including a propaganda war by the Ifs, a UK and EU Deep state faction, the Ukrainian regime installed after the Euromaidan and Russia's leadership. Russia has said that a possible Ukrainian accession to NATO and the NATO enlargement in general threaten its national security. In turn, Ukraine and other European countries neighboring Russia have accused Putin of attempting Russian irredentism and of pursuing aggressive militaristic policies."
|Putin's speech on 21 February 2022, reiterating many points of his July 2021 article about the "Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians", which was made required reading in the Russian army.|
Eerily Accurate Predictions about Military Timeline
- Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Preparation
- Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Preparation
The Washington D.C-based Center for Strategic and International Studies released a strategic paper on the 13th of January previewing the invasion. The paper argued the US military to openly supply Ukraine with a "Twenty-First Century Lend-Lease Act" to provide Ukraine with war materiel at no cost and the CIA to plan and execute covert operations (ironically called "special operations" in the paper) while letting the Ukrainians stall for time. The paper accurately predicted the Russian strategy and viable Ukrainian responses (which CIA funding and training undoubtedly helped with).
Russia entered northern Kiev in 2 weeks in a full scale blitzkrieg - which failed because the CIA was already training Ukraine to prepare for this Within 7 months, 4 Russian states or oblasts were annexed in a ceremony.
|The Mozart Group was a private military company operating in Ukraine during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Mozart Group was composed of "Western volunteers"
It was co-founded in 2022 by Andrew Milburn, a retired U.S. Marine colonel Deputy Commander of Special Operations Command Central and Andrew Bain, also a former U.S. Marine colonel. The Mozart Group ceased operations in January 2023 after running short of funds. During its last months, it had also been confronting mounting operational difficulties.- Forces News - April 2022.
Erik Prince, former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, founder of the private military company Blackwater was reported to be planning to establish a $10 billion PMC in Ukraine.. The plan was reported by Time magazine to be stonewalled by elements in the Joe Biden administrations and CIA officers arresting Prince his associates in Washington D.C. The Russian-based Wagner Group has been accused of trying to assassinate President Zelenskyy in Kiev.
“I asked them – are you with us?” Zelensky said. “They answered that they are with us, but they don’t want to take us into the alliance. I’ve asked 27 leaders of Europe, if Ukraine will be in NATO, I’ve asked them directly — all are afraid and did not respond We were left by ourselves. Who is ready to go to war for us? Honestly, I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine guarantees of NATO membership? Honestly, everybody is afraid”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, RT (24 February 2022) 
Ukraine has been left to fend for itself according to President Zelenskyy, with NATO refusing to enter Ukraine according to him, upon request. The Ukrainian president even publicly suggested to negotiate for Swiss-styled neutrality to not join NATO per law. This appears to pave the way more for military spending into the 2020s.
NATO openly ships weapons (and credit) in support of Ukraine. At the end of April 2022, Rheinmetall wanted to send 88 Leopard 1 to Ukraine (along with other numbers for other weapons systems). The use of the number 88 and it's connotation and symbology was noted by Florian Rötzer. The Chief Operating Officer for Rheinmetall get's lost for four days in mid May 2022. While German press writes mostly clueless articles about the matter, a Swiss publication notes: "Kutz (Thorsten Kutz) may have been an appealing kidnapping target for Russian agents because of his insider knowledge." (in another incident, possibly unrelated, the drinks at a social gathering of the SPD are spiked in July 2022)
There are multiple former CIA personnel supporting both sides, placing questions what their purpose is. * Postal workers in Poland were to be trained by soldiers to use weapons following the war. Dmitry Medvedev, once regarded as a liberal and technocrat, has changed his rethoric in foreign affairs significantly.
“The bitter truth is that Washington's foreign policy establishment never actually considered Zelensky - or his predecessor Poroshenko - to be allies or partners of the United States. Overflowing with a toxic mix of ignorance, arrogance, and extreme cynicism, Washington's elites have always viewed Ukraine as a tool to "regime-change" a Russia that, after its post-Yeltsin recovery, would no longer take its direction from them. The false gods of American exceptionalism are jealous ones indeed.”
Daniel McAdams (26 February 2022) 
UK Deep State Faction banned in Russia for alleged part in Crimean Bridge Attack
- Full article: IfS
- Full article: IfS
The Institute for Statecraft (IfS), formerly the Institute for Statecraft and Governance, is a UK deep state faction founded in 2006 as a limited company . After receiving UK charitable status in 2009, it has received millions of pounds from the UK FCO and commercial organisations. The group recruited powerful civil servants, journalists and politicians, led my deep state operatives and spooks to astroturf and organise narratives against Russia to turn Russia into a enemy image. After its first soft exposure, Daniel Lafayeedney - who was found in the underground London II black site in 2018, reportedly "slammed the door on a journalist and politicians face, without saying anything". After a 2018 complete exposure with leaks, mails with plans to undermine democratic institutions and counter Russian political power worldwide, and threats of lawsuits by a member threatening Wikispooks itself (by claiming the group to be hoax), the Ifs wiped everything on their site except the front page, with their members removing any mentioning in their resumés, the Ifs claiming to "temporarily suspend" itself after being "hacked" resulting in "falsified content". March 2023, the institute was declared an "undesirable organisation" in Russia for "suspected involvement in blowing up the Crimean Bridge" in September 2022 by Ifs leader Chris Donnelly seemingly hinting the Ifs to still exist.
A former Russian general interviewed for the German version of RT, based on his own analysis, said that most likely the whole of Ukraine will be claimed by Russia, since: "If even one square meter of land remains under the rule of the current Kiev regime, it will immediately be filled with weapons, and they will fire from there at Russia, at the Russians." On 21 September 2022, Vladimir Putin, in a speech to the Russian people, announced the mobilisation of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine:
|In an exclusive interview on CGTN, Alfred de Zayas, UN's first independent expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, argues that colour revolutions are "all illegal," violating the UN Charter and customary international law. "An imperial arrogance and narcissism" is being revealed, says de Zayas, and "the poor Ukrainian people are now paying for this." China Global Television Network, 2 March 2022.|
A case for the International Criminal Court?
- Full article: International Criminal Court
- Full article: International Criminal Court
- Full article: UN/Security Council
- Full article: UN/Security Council
China denounced the use of the word "invasion" and accused the United States of agitating for war, and refused to vote for military action against Russia in the UN/Security Council. This geopolitical angle was not discussed widely in western corporate media, a continuation of a Cold War 2.0, where Russia and (since the 2010s) China have been working together to form a geopolitical force against the EU and the US. China increased their imports from Russia, effectively halting financial consequences for the first stages of the war.
- Full article: Sanctions
- Full article: Sanctions
Italy and Belgium refused severe sanctions for Russian banking as "diamonds" and "luxury clothing" were deemed more important than Ukrainian lives. With China backing Russia in the UN Security Council, Ukraine appeared to be facing the same fate of African countries during the the imperialism of the 1900s as merely a toy in geopolitical games.
Nord Stream is a system of offshore natural gas pipelines from Russia to Germany. In 2011, Nord Stream AG started evaluation of an expansion project consisting of two additional lines (later named Nord Stream 2) to increase the overall annual capacity up to 110 billion m3 (3.9 trillion cu ft). Following this invasion, certification of NS2 was suspended indefinitely by Germany.
Fear of counter-sanctions
Germany imports 30% of its oil and 50% of its gas supply from Russia, making it vulnerable to counter-sanctions and depleting its own reserves as oil and gas prices soared.
A Russia–EU gas dispute escalated in March 2022. The EU refused to pay Russia's Gazprom (after Russia tried to counter sanctions by ordering payment in Rubles) as a way of countering the economic diplomacy of sanctions of the European countries that almost caused the Russian Central Bank to collapse. In June, Russia cut the flow of gas by more than half, and continued to stop it and resume it by half or more for at least 8 months. On 26 September of the same year, the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines both ruptured with evidence of sabotage, worsening an energy crisis in Western Europe that got increasingly worse in 2021. There events fitted conspicuously well with the long planned supranational deep state strategy to dismantle industrial economies under the pretext of a green agenda.
Sanctions against China?
World Economic Forum
- Full article: World Economic Forum
- Full article: World Economic Forum
Klaus Schwab has boasted of Putin's inclusion in the WEF Global Leaders for Tomorrow deep state recruitment network, but the WEF removed their page of Putin following the invasion, and cut ties to Russia shortly thereafter.
Stop the War
- Dear Prime Minister,
- The war in Ukraine has raged for over a year at great cost to the Ukrainian people and leading to greater instability worldwide. The urgent need is for a ceasefire and peace talks. We oppose the UK government’s plans to provide long range cruise missiles, drones and fighter plane training to the Ukrainian military.
- The Tory government is leading the West’s effort to escalate the war in Ukraine. If delivered, these will be the first long range missiles any government has sent to Ukraine. Britain has more special forces in Ukraine than any other country in a war it claims not to be involved in.
- These actions will only prolong the war and the suffering of the Ukrainian people, and they risk a wider, potentially nuclear, confrontation with Russia. Even senior US foreign policy figures admit there is no prospect of an all-out victory for either side.
- We endorse the views of the recent letter in the New York Times, where former diplomats and military figures argued that this is not a war that can be won and peace is a necessity now:
- “The immediate cause of this disastrous war in Ukraine is Russia’s invasion. Yet the plans and actions to expand NATO to Russia’s borders served to provoke Russian fears. And Russian leaders made this point for 30 years. A failure of diplomacy led to war. Now diplomacy is urgently needed to end the Russia-Ukraine War before it destroys Ukraine and endangers humanity.”
- Rather than fanning the flames of war, our government should be backing growing international calls for peace negotiations and demanding a ceasefire and end to hostilities.
- Yours sincerely,
African Peace Initiative
On 17 June 2023, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted:
Al Jazeera reported:
- “This war has to have an end… It must be settled through negotiations and through diplomatic means,” said Ramaphosa in St Petersburg on Saturday at the 18th-century Konstantinovsky Palace.
- He added his delegation, consisting of seven African leaders from South Africa, Egypt, the Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Zambia, Uganda and Comoros “came with a very clear message: that this war has to be ended”.
- “This war is having a negative impact on the African continent and indeed, on many other countries around the world,” Ramaphosa said.
- Putin interrupted opening remarks by African leaders seeking to mediate in the Ukraine conflict to deliver a list of reasons why he believed many of their proposals were misguided.
- He reiterated his position that Ukraine and the West had started the conflict long before Russia sent its armed forces over the border in February last year. He said Russia had never refused talks with the Ukrainian side, which had been blocked by Kyiv.
- On Friday 16 June 2023, the delegation held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.
- Ukraine’s leader said after meeting the leaders that peace talks with Russia would be possible only after Moscow withdrew its forces from occupied Ukrainian territory.
A commentator tweeted:
- You might not be aware of this, but there is an African Peace Initiative going on, led by Cyril Ramaphosa.
- Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Deep Political Impact
- Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Deep Political Impact
The US embassy in Kyiv cited the Ukrainian foreign ministry as claiming that 2,389 Ukrainian children had been illegally removed from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and taken to Russia. Ukraine's human rights ombudsman said 402,000 Ukrainians had been forcefully taken to Russia, including around 84,000 children. Russian authorities said that more than 384,000 people, including over 80,000 children, had been evacuated to Russia from Ukraine and from the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk for their own secruity, which would not be a crime according to war laws.
|Human traffickers exploit desperation of Ukrainian refugees and their children - PBS Newshour - November 2022.|
Refugee waves caused by the Russian invasion caused 8 million Ukrainians to flee, putting a strain on Ukraine's ability to get enough manpower. Several media outlets began to report human trafficking networks where girls and boys that fled were either kidnapped or bought to Mexico, Turkey or the UAE. Demand for Ukrainian women by was reported by European Commissioner Ylva Johansson to be sky-high.
A state department report reported in 2022 about several high profile cases that explicitly , that were closed without any conviction. According to the US government and their Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, several Ukrainian officials were abducting and selling children from Ukrainian orphanages, from a pool of at least 104000 children. Other "high-profile" cases according to the reports included cases being dropped by suspects that included members of the Kyiv City police counter-trafficking unit, three police officers, recruiters accused of trafficking Ukrainians into a drug-trafficking ring in Russia, and a teacher at a government-run boarding school for orphans in Kharkiv who attempted to sell one of her students, possibly indicating a VIPedophile network to be present.
The war was a catalyst for several political, economical and sociological events, and in others stimulated them. OECD warned for "spur inflationary pressures, sapping confidence and household purchasing power and increasing risks worldwide". As Kiev did not fall, Russian began terror bombing Ukrainian civilians, and tried to demoralize the populations of the countries supporting them by causing waves of refugees and economic recessions.
Structural deep event?
- Full article: Structural deep event
- Full article: Structural deep event
Jacob Dreizin, a former US/Army soldier who publishes military analysis of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on his website, voiced concern that some Javelins that are sent to Ukraine will enter the black market and may be used to shoot down civilian airliners at some point in the future. A view that, before long, is starting to be shared by Interpol  and Europol.
The new head of the British Army's (Patrick Sanders) told his troops they must prepare to fight the Russian army in a potential World War Three. / UK general Richard Shirreff (former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe) is voicing these concerns since at least 2016.
FSB/CIA Assassination ring
- Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Premature Death
- Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Premature Death
Hundreds of important Russian businessmen, military officers, family members and even advisors of President Putin were killed or committed suicide in and outside Russia, with nearly all survivors of these "suicides" hinting a possible assassination ring to be present in Russia.
Russian Mystery attacks
Russian mystery fires and bombings occurred since the start of the war, and have not been formally explained. There have been many notable bombing attacks on dozens of different buildings, including, churches, gas stations, oil wells, bridges, politicians homes, ammunition depots and more, hinting the Russian government to not be the prime suspect.
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Deep Political Impact||15,307||A list of long term political effects that have a significant chance of becoming permanent in the countries of participants or sponsors.|
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Incorporation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia into Russia||33,951||Late September 2022, Russia held 4 referendums annexing some regions from Ukraine.|
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Premature death||9,825||Premature deaths of mostly Russian businessman during and around when the Russian invasion commenced. There may be Ukrainian and others as well. As the list grows, it appears the men are being targeted in dozens of western countries as well.|
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Preparation||14,084||A list of ways both sides prepared for the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine.|
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/Wagner coup attempt||5,063||An attempted coup, by some seen as false flag by Putin to lure out generals and double agents within the Russian State, by others as the sign the Russian state will collapse in the 2020s.|
|2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine/War Crimes||8,312||A list of War crimes and propaganda in this event.|
|2014 Ukraine coup||“I suspect this entire Ukraine Crisis had been war-gamed and war planned quite some time ago at the highest levels of US/NATO. Notice DOD slipped 2 US warships into the Black Sea just before the Olympics under a patently absurd pretext. In other words, what we are seeing unfold here is a US/NATO War Plan. They instigated the fascist coup against Yanukovich. They anticipated that Putin would then respond by taking over Crimea.
I suspect the US/NATO/EU response will be to introduce military forces into Western Ukraine and Kiev and thus make Ukraine a de facto member of NATO, which has been their objective all along. They have already anticipated what Putin’s next move after that will be. Notice also the massive anti-Russian campaign by the Western News Media working in lock-step with each other. Another sign that all this has been planned well in advance.I suspect that US/NATO/EU figure that Putin knows they have this offensive, first-strike strategic nuclear capability with a rudimentary ABM/BMD capability so that at the end of the day he will be forced to stand down—or else. Compellence as opposed to Deterrence. Just like during the Cuban Missile Crisis. That is where this US/NATO/EU War Plan is heading on the assumptions that they can keep their deliberate Escalation Dominance under their control and that at the end of the day Putin will be forced to stand down just like Khrushchev did and for the same reasons. That would leave US/NATO/EU in control of at least half of Ukraine as a de facto NATO member state.”
|Francis Boyle||February 2014|
|Azov Battalion||“In 2014, when the volunteer squads were defending the country, many of their appeals were quite radical against the Russian Federation. They were volunteers and it was their personal point of view. The Azov battalion are not volunteers, but are part of the National Guard. They are the official army of our state. Those who wanted to engage in politics - they were engaged in politics. Those who decided to be in the AFU, they became part of the AFU,”||Volodymyr Zelensky||May 2022|
|Josep Borrell||“This war will be won on the battlefield. Additional €500 million from the #EPF are underway. Weapon deliveries will be tailored to Ukrainian needs.”||Josep Borrell||9 April 2022|
|Dave Cullen||“[...] whether it is Covid lockdowns, or raising the price of electricity and fuel, or restrictions on energy usage, such as mandatory rationing, or even powercuts - the result is always the same. Winding down the economy, destroying small to medium businesses, forcing more people to stay at home, reducing human movement and making people dependent on the government for their most basic needs. [...] The plan appears to be, do drag on the Ukraine war for as long as possible, so as to create an excuse to accelerate the transition to completely insufficient power sources such as wind, wave and solar energy, during this process energy rationing will become the norm, [...]”||Dave Cullen||13 September 2022|
|Jacob Dreizin||“Uncle Sam is on track to offload just about all his surplus gear onto the Ukraine. He’s just getting warmed up. They are talking about self-propelled cannon and hundreds of M113 armored vehicles, not to mention 40,000 rounds for the cannon, counterbattery radar stations, helicopters, you name it. [...] |
Sending more, larger, and heavier equipment to the Ukraine, won’t do anything, other than seal the total destruction of the Ukraine, and its transformation into a starving European Somalia with nuclear power plants. As I’ve written before, Russia will escalate by destroying the bridges over the Dniepr, preventing the equipment from reaching its destination, while also permanently destroying what’s left of the Ukraine’s economy, making the eastern half totally dependent on Russia for its subsistence.”
|Jacob Dreizin||17 April 2022|
|Mélanie Joly||“We’re able to see how much we’re isolating the Russian regime right now — because we need to do so economically, politically and diplomatically — and what are the impacts also on society, and how much we’re seeing potential regime change in Russia..The goal is definitely to do that, is to weaken Russia’s ability to launch very difficult attacks against Ukraine. We want also to make sure that Putin and his enablers are held to account.”||Mélanie Joly||10 March 2023|
|Patrick Lancaster||“I mean the people that were born there before 1956 were born in Russia so it just makes sense to them to go back and then once I was there for the referendum and then once that kind of fizzled off and started calming down once you know Russia was in, and you know you know it was a done deal for pretty much, then Donetsk started to develop so I ended up going to Donetsk here and staying showing the referendum here as well again.
It was a lot different than the west was making it out to see, you know, seeing the fact that there's no Ukrainian language that's spoken here.There's you know the vast majority of the population is ethnically Russian and they all you know would like to consider this, you know this area part of Russia I mean they definitely do now at that point.”
|Patrick Lancaster||“I mean I'm just I've been working here on this side of the contact line and the anti-Ukraine government territory so I've only been able to show what happened here, but what I've seen here with my own eyes is indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas year after year by Ukrainian forces. Indiscriminate and targeted in fact, just last month (..) two civilian electric plants targeted by Ukrainian forces. (...)
Now that the war is really hot attacks are coming in every hour, and I mean the only thing that's being shown in the west is the results of Russian attacks on Ukraine, but what the west isn't showing is every day here in Donetsk there is attacks from Ukraine controlled territory Ukraine attacking the civilian population here. In the last 12 days there has been 19 civilians killed.I mean it's not a huge amount like across Ukraine right now but in the last 12 days in the Donetsk people's republic controlled territory there's been 19 civilians killed and I believe 27 injured and these are results of Ukrainian attacks on mostly civilian areas of course battle's been raging on the front line since this new development happened and even before, but so you know a lot of the shells are hitting civilian areas and I assume a lot are hitting military areas as well... Those aren't as free to report on as the other ones.”
|Richard Moore||“With the tragedy and destruction unfolding so distressingly in Ukraine, we should remember the values and hard won freedoms that distinguish us from Putin, none more than LGBT+ rights. So let’s resume our series of tweets to mark #LGBTHM2022”||Richard Moore||25 February 2022|
|Elon Musk||“If Putin could so easily humiliate the West, then he would accept the challenge [to fight me]. But he will not.”||X|
|NATO||“We had a moment in history, between 1988 and 1991, where we could have worked with Mikhail Gorbachev to make his vision of perestroika succeed. Instead, we allowed him to fail, without any real plan on how we would live with what emerged from the ruins of the Soviet Union. Save for a short period of time during the Second World War where we needed the Soviet Union to defeat Germany and Japan, we have been in a continual state of political conflict with the Soviet Union. Even after the Soviet Union collapsed, we viewed the Russian Federation more as a defeated enemy that we needed to keep down, than a friend in need of a helping hand up.”||Scott Ritter||2021|
|Vladimir Putin||“Whoever would try to stop us and further create threats to our country, to our people, should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and lead you to such consequences that you have never faced in your history. We are ready for any outcome.”||Vladimir Putin|
|21 February 2022|
|Russia/Encirclement||“Unfortunately, it’s US “diplomacy” which brought the US, Russia, Ukraine, and NATO to the current standoff. As the Warsaw Pact disintegrated and the Soviet Union collapsed, US encouragement for those events included pledges that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization wouldn’t take advantage of the situation to expand eastward. Since then, NATO has inexorably pushed in that direction, nearly doubling the number of member states. Thanks, US “diplomacy.”
Things began coming to a head with the US-sponsored coup in Ukraine that replaced its “Russia-friendly” regime with a “US/Europe-friendly” regime in 2014, courtesy of Barack Obama. Thanks, US “diplomacy.”Then in 2019, the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which forbade the US to place missiles within surprise strike distance of Russia, and Russia to place similar missiles within surprise strike distance of NATO. The US followed up by placing exactly such missiles in Poland, courtesy of Donald Trump. Some “diplomacy.”... Then the US went into overdrive (courtesy of Trump and Biden) against the opening of a pipeline (Nord Stream 2) which would have supplied Russian natural gas to Germany. The pipeline would have been a force for peace insofar as Russia likes to sell natural gas (at a fraction of prices the US can offer), and Germans like to not freeze to death.”
|Russia/Encirclement||“We have made it clear that Nato’s move to the east is unacceptable (...) The United States is standing with missiles on our doorstep. Is it an excessive requirement not to install shock systems at our house? How would the Americans react if missiles were placed at the border with Canada or Mexico”||The Guardian|
|Kori Schake||“And in addition, even in shrewdly strategic terms, for 5 percent of U.S. Defense spending last year and zero American military casualties, the Ukrainians are destroying the Russian army and that is absolutely in America's interests.”||Kori Schake||21 May 2023|
|Jaap de Hoop Scheffer||“It is not likely. But he is unpredictable and consumed by resentment and rancour. So, you should not exclude the possibility that he'll be creating a problem between Kaliningrad and Belarus. That area is the gateway from Western Europe to the Baltic countries. If he closes that passage, it would be a reason for war for NATO.”||Jaap de Hoop Scheffer|
|24 February 2022|
|Frank-Walter Steinmeier||“There are tougher days ahead for us in Germany, too," [The sanctions imposed, he said, would inevitably bring them.] "We will have to be prepared to bear them if our solidarity is not just to be lip service, if it is to be taken seriously.”||Frank-Walter Steinmeier||27 March 2022|
|Jens Stoltenberg||“Two World Wars and the Cold War has taught us that there is no real security in Europe without a strong transatlantic bond.
Standing together in NATO, Europe and America will continue to keep the peace and protect our democratic way of life. As we have done for more than 70 years.
NATO is a defensive Alliance. We are not threatening Russia or anyone else.
But we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies.
This is why in response to Russia’s pattern of aggressive actions, we have been strengthening our deterrence and defence across the Alliance.
To avoid any miscalculation or misunderstanding about our ironclad commitment to defend each other.So if Kremlin’s aim is to have less NATO on Russia’s borders, it will only get more NATO.”
|Jens Stoltenberg||19 February 2022|
|Donald Trump||“I mean, he’s taking over a country for $2 worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart.”||Donald Trump||2022|
3 of the 5 of the participants already have pages here:
|Belarus||"Europe's last dictatorship" - Formerly part of the USSR. Outspoken opposition to the COVID-19 lockdown agenda.|
|Russia||The largest nation state in the world|
|Ukraine||The largest country entirely within Europe, a former part of the USSR|
|Document:Being anti-war does not make us apologists for 'the enemy' or anyone else||Article||28 February 2022||Lindsey German||I am proud to be an anti-war campaigner and I know there are many like me. I note that anti-war protesters in Russia are being lauded in the British media. I also support them and send them my full solidarity. The irony is that Putin will see them as the enemy within — just as our government (and loyal opposition) treats us.|
|Document:Biden Works to Prolong Ukraine War||blog post||7 June 2022||Craig Murray||"Ukraine is objecting to this plan (for Turkey to clear sea lanes of mines and to police the ships carrying grain) because it objects to the removal of the mines, which I should be clear were put down in the sea lanes by Ukraine to prevent amphibious attack on Odessa."|
|Document:BlackRock Plots to Buy Ukraine||Article||30 December 2022||Bradley Devlin||As a result of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, BlackRock the most influential financial institution in the world, plans to cash in on the destruction of that country.|
|Document:Capitalism normalizes death: From COVID-19 to the threat of nuclear war||Article||Andre Damon||The total devaluation of human life, the indifference to mass death in the pandemic and the recklessness with which American capitalism is rushing into conflict with Russia, reflect the views and social character of the American ruling class. This parasitic oligarchy feasts upon the impoverishment and exploitation of the working population.|
|Document:Ellwood vs Ellwood||Article||9 March 2023||John Ellwood||The media profile of former minister Lieutenant Colonel The Right Honourable Tobias Ellwood has increased as a result of COVID-19. A recent interview of his on Sky News regarding the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has raised a few eyebrows.|
|Document:F-16 for Ukraine - An open letter to Joseph Biden||open letter||8 May 2023||Anders Åslund|
|Open letter to US President Joe Biden from European deep state minions, pleading for an escalation in Ukraine, and NATO membership. Lo and behold, a week after the letter, Biden approved F-16s, indicating that the letter was astroturf to make a decision already decided seem like done by European demand...|
Includes barely hidden threatening of those that blocked NATO accession in 2008, who bear "a grave responsibility" and "will be careful not to hinder it again."
|Document:Faced with Donbass defeat, US and UK up the ante in Ukraine||Article||8 June 2022||Chris Nineham||Ivan Katchanovski, a Ukrainian professor of political studies at the University of Ottawa, argues: “The US and UK governments show no efforts or desire to achieve peaceful settlement of the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”|
|Document:How Spin and Lies Fuel a Bloody War of Attrition in Ukraine||Article||13 February 2023||Medea Benjamin|
Nicolas J. S. Davies
|President Eisenhower famously said that only an "alert and knowledgeable citizenry" can "guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. An "alert and knowledgeable citizenry" would surely then demand that our government stop fueling this war and instead support immediate peace negotiations.|
|Document:Labour left breaks with Jeremy Corbyn over sending weapons to Ukraine||Article||26 February 2023||Toby Helm||The far left wing of the Labour Party has split from Jeremy Corbyn on the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine|
|Document:NATO goes to war against Russia||Statement||1 March 2022||World Socialist Web Site||There must be a new mass anti-war movement, based on the international working class. This opposition, however, must be developed as a conscious political movement for socialism. This means the building of the International Committee of the Fourth International and its affiliated Socialist Equality Parties in every country.|
|Document:Nato Expansion and Turkey||blog post||17 May 2022||Craig Murray||There is another, specifically Turkish interest in play here, which is very much a factor in Erdogan’s willingness to stand up to Biden over Swedish and Finnish NATO entry. This of course relates to the permanent tension between NATO members Turkey and Greece.|
|Document:Russia is deploying nuclear weapons in Belarus. NATO shouldn’t take the bait||Article||24 April 2023||Nikolai Sokov||Moscow regards the United States and Europe as parties to the war; Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that Russia and the United States are in a “hot phase” of war. These statements elevate the Russian war against Ukraine to the category of a “regional conflict” according to the 2000 and subsequent Russian Military Doctrines – a category that allows for limited use of nuclear weapons.|
|Document:Russophobia - Reaping the Whirlwind||Article||Scott Ritter||Vladimir Putin’s order to begin partial mobilisation of Russian military forces continues a confrontation between Russia and a US-led coalition of Western nations that began at the end of the Cold War.|
|Document:Striving to Make Sense of the Ukraine War||blog post||4 April 2022||Craig Murray||These things can be true at the same time: a) The Russian invasion of Ukraine is illegal: Putin is a war criminal; b) The US led invasion of Iraq was illegal: Blair and Bush are war criminals.|
|Document:The Assange Case Invalidates US Criticisms Of Russia: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix||Article||14 April 2022||Caitlin Johnstone||Just the fact that the US and UK are imprisoning a journalist for exposing the war crimes of a war criminal president — just that one fact by itself — completely invalidates all criticisms of Russia from Washington and its allies.|
|Document:The Great Game in Europe||article||8 April 2014||Aijaz Ahmad||In its eagerness to complete the encirclement of Russia by turning Ukraine into a forward country for positioning NATO bases, the U.S. is paving the way for fraternal genocide and ethnic cleansing.|
|Document:The Time to Negotiate Peace in Ukraine Is NOW||Article||24 October 2022||Richard E. Rubenstein||Are things in Ukraine getting worse? Yes, for both sides. This is precisely the right time to give peace a chance.|
|Document:The dirty secret Europe is hiding at the COP27 climate summit||Article||16 November 2022||Jonathan Cook||Grand declarations at COP27 on tackling the climate emergency are sabotaged by the Energy Charter Treaty from the 1990s that sees European nations held to ransom by the energy companies|
|Document:Truth and Ukraine||blog post||2 March 2023||Craig Murray||Commentator: "Russia didn't fail to take Kiev in March. It withdrew from Kiev because Zelensky agreed to peace talks. The US, UK and EU opposed the peace talks and Zelensky withdrew from the talks."|
|Document:Ukraine is the latest neocon disaster||Article||27 June 2022||Jeffrey Sachs||The same neocons who turned the Middle East into a disaster area are now creating a similar catastrophe in Ukraine – for Ukrainians and for the rest of the world, argues Prof Jeffrey Sachs<a href="#cite_note-1"></a>|
|Document:Vladimir Putin announces Special Military Operation in Ukraine||Speech||24 February 2022||Vladimir Putin||"They did not leave us any other option for defending Russia and our people, other than the one we are forced to use today. In these circumstances, we have to take bold and immediate action. The people’s republics of Donbass have asked Russia for help."|
|Document:War Crimes||Article||9 October 2022||Jacob Dreizin||An article that was written on the occurrence of the disposal of civilians posted in video by Maksim Zhorin.|
|Document:What Might A Ukraine Peace Agreement Look Like?||blog post||13 May 2022||Craig Murray||Currently nobody in power wants peace. It is often impossible to resolve a geographic conflict without some element that can be portrayed as endorsement of ethnic cleansing. These are the problems of peace.|
|Document:Why Much of the Global South Isn’t Automatically Supporting the West in Ukraine||Article||28 February 2023||Krishen Mehta||"The BRICS are not imposing sanctions on Russia nor supplying arms to the opposing side. While Russia is the biggest supplier of energy and foodgrains for the Global South, China remains the biggest supplier of financing and infrastructure projects to them through the Belt and Road Initiative. And now Russia and China are closer than ever before because of the war."|
- "US-NATO arming Ukraine for military offensive against Russia signals a massive and dangerous escalation"
- General Sir Richard Shirreff exclusively tells GB News he is ‘worried’ about Russia's Ukraine stance.
- The Russian MOD released documents on Twitter which they said prove the point (of a planned Ukrainian invasion). The "fact checker" PolitiFact (link), drawing on information provided by StopFake (link) said that that these documents speak about something completely different. English speaking writers on The Saker pointed out that: "it is highly unlikely that the Russian army would publish a fake that can be easily refuted. Besides, Kiev’s plans are indirectly confirmed by many people." the same author also notes: "Russian troops easily broke through the Ukrainian defenses elsewhere, reaching the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital and encircling the country’s second largest city, Kharkov. The question arises why the Ukrainians concentrated a powerful force near the Donbass republics instead of immediately blocking all dangerous directions in order to force the Russians into fighting exhausting battles along the border?" (link). Other commentators on The Saker pointed out, that: "Claims of [Ukrainian] “invasion” have been circulating on and off for the past 8 years [in the Donbass region], and started sounding louder in April of 2021" (link)
- Inessa S (Feb 19, 2018): Ukrainian Colonel - “Burn Crimea and Donbass to the ground” saved at Archive.is
- Gonzalo Lira - Victoria Nuland, 27 March 2022 ~01:39:00
- https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2022/02/18/ukra-f18.html saved at Archive.org
- https://www.donbass-insider.com/2022/02/18/donbass-ukraine-heavily-shelling-dpr-and-lpr-injuring-one-civilian-and-damaging-several-homes/ saved at Archive.org
- https://www.crisisgroup.org/europe-central-asia/eastern-europe/ukraine/peace-ukraine-promise-yet-be-kept saved at Archive.org
- https://impakter.com/volodymyr-zelensky-the-promises-of-ukraines-new-president/ saved at Archive.org
- https://web.archive.org/web/20210713133522mp_/http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/copy/66181 in Russian
- https://www.rt.com/russia/550546-zelensky-nato-ukraine-neutrality/ RT
- i.e. Germany: https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/waffenlieferung-ukraine-101.html
- http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2022/february/25/washingtons-crocodile-tears-over-ukraines-destruction/ The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity
- Yahoo https://web.archive.org/web/20220302032554/https://news.yahoo.com/biden-calls-ukrainians-iranians-during-030525891.html saved via Archive.is
- Jacopo Iacoboni
- "Putin whole speech about the mobilisation"
- "Ukraine war: UN General Assembly condemns Russia annexation"
- "Peace Now! Stop the War in Ukraine – Add Your Name to our Letter to Rishi Sunak"
- "Cyril Ramaphosa holds peace talks with President Putin"
- "War in Ukraine must stop, South Africa’s Ramaphosa tells Putin"
- "There is an Africa Peace Initiative going on, led by Cyril Ramaphosa"