What actually happened in Ukraine prior to 2022?

The President of Ukraine, from 2014 to 2019;

Imagine we would have a president in the Netherlands, saying this about Frisian citizen, or about Jewish people, or about Muslims, or about atheists? He would be ousted within a day. So how come some of you still wonder why the ethnic Russian population of the Donbass wanted to become part of Russia again? Sham-elections my ass. Even many Western Ukrainians actually spoke up against the ridiculously fascist government, but they were never heard, it seems..

Just a reminder of what CIA director William Burns said in a leaked email, back in 2008 (courtesy WikiLeaks):

He was right. Ethnic Russians in Ukraine became the victim of an enormous apartheidsregime, enforced by Kiev’s government. Read more about the chain of events here. And this anti-minority regime is still active, currently they’re enforcing Ukrainian men joining their chosen war against ethnic Russians (i.e. most of them have relatives there, so in fact no sane Ukrainian man actually wants this war).

UN estimates the total number of conflict-related casualties in the Donbass region from 14 April 2014 to 31 December 2021 to be 51,000–54,000, of which 14,200-14,400 were killed, and of which ~9000 injured were civilians. Specifically civilian deaths:

Source (pdf)
To put this in perspective; More than all deaths from 9-11 2001. An event that forever changed the way we travel by air, globally. There’s even a monument for the children that were killed by Kiev‘s apartheidsregime.

Casualties of the war in Donbass, the first three years, per UN: “From 14 April 2014 to 15 November 2017, at least 2,523 civilians were killed: 1,399 men, 837 women, 91 boys, 47 girls and 149 adults whose sex is unknown. […]” Source (pdf)
Go here for a thorough summation and fact-check of the horrific warcrimes against the citizen of Eastern Ukraine (by Ukraine/Kiev) prior to 2022.
Journalists corroborating it ALL;
Igor Gomolsky (born and raised in Donetsk, Ukraine)
Photojournalist Andy Rochelli
George Eliason
John James Miller
Eva Bartlett

The OSCE and UN are the worst part of this entire story, because they deliberately kept their findings about war-crimes hidden everywhere they could. So that the US/UK/NATO could invent the “unprovoked aggression” and “invasion” narrative. That’s ALL we need to know, really. OUR GOVERNMENTS REALLY LIED TO ALL OF US. All the way to the bank, for the entire last decade or more. And what the collective West keeps calling ‘Russian separatists’ in Ukraine had no intention to ‘separate’ anything whatsoever, as research has proven. Most of them were deflected Ukrainian Armed personnel (they called their own Ukraine army ‘a mess’, badly managed, aggressive reckless fascists, and needlessly angry towards Russian culture), and the rest of them were simply Donbass volunteers, who are ethnic Russian and fed up with the constant shelling of their friends and families. Russia has actually long refused to help self-appointed Donbass defenders. Weapons got there through unofficial sources, and were never allowed to pass the border from Russia. Note that the border is not heavily guarded, since the Donbass always has been a province of the Soviet Union, and there was never any reason to guard it; Relatives, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, parents all lived across this border.

So, what have the USA/UK/Canada/NATO or ‘the collective West’ been doing, seeding weapons to war-criminals? Why? Where was the HumanRightsWatch the past decade, to not prosecute the constant war-crimes that Ukraine/Kiev had been committing before 2022? Oh wait, the Ukraine Armed Forces were sponsored by the US, who turn out being the worst war-criminals that ever walked the earth. We all know Nordstream, Kramatorsk, Bucha, the two murders in Poland, it’s all been foolish reckless NATO-sponsored/Kiev regime behavior. Because they think they can do whatever they want to whomever they want and not face consequences. Russia clearly does not have that option.. If they even so much as cough in the wrong direction, it warrants nuclear annihilation of the human species.

The main point of contention seems to be the concept of the ‘indivisibility of security’ in Europe. Russia often points to the 1999 OSCE Charter for European Security, which says that each country “has an equal right to security,” and countries “will not strengthen their security at the expense of the security of other states.” This formula was affirmed in the OSCE’s declaration at the 2010 summit in Astana (now Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan. Russia says that this means NATO and the US cannot expand their military infrastructure eastward without Russia’s consent. Which was also promised to Gorbachov way back in the 90s. NATO has since attacked, invaded, occupied and utterly destroyed nations from Libya to Afghanistan and everything in between – nations not even neighboring NATO territory in many cases – to turn it around as if Russia is the threat is absurd.
Washington said it was ready to discuss “Russia’s interpretations” of indivisibility of security. This caveat stems from NATO’s insistence that it is a purely defensive alliance that does not pose any threat to Russia, contrary to what Russia itself says.
In a letter to the US and its allies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused Western countries of ignoring the concept of indivisibility of security altogether in favor of cherry-picking “elements that suit them” from international documents, namely those guaranteeing the freedom of individual states to choose their alliances. He highlighted that the West’s written responses demonstrated “serious differences” in the understanding of the issue. Speaking on Russian TV, Lavrov argued that it was “difficult” to view NATO as a defensive alliance, considering its interventions in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Libya.

NATO presented a laundry list of demands, including the withdrawal of Russian forces from Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, which implies that Moscow must return Crimea to Kiev. The citizen of Crimea, like those in the DonBass region, and in Odessa, who are majority Russian speaking, by a huge majority voted to be(come) Russian, rather than Ukrainian. Russia therefore repeatedly stated that Crimea’s reunification with the country in 2014 is irreversible.

It is unlikely that Russia will remove its peacekeepers from Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region, where they have been stationed since the early 1990s, until the frozen conflict there is resolved. It is similarly hard to see Russian peacekeepers being removed from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, whose independence from Georgia was recognized by Russia in 2008. The US has allegedly written it stands ready to talk about “reciprocal commitments” not to deploy offensive ground-launched missile systems and permanent combat troops in Ukraine, which also implies that Russia must abandon Crimea. Which is constitutionally impossible, under amendments voted on in 2020.

Russia’s demand for NATO to publicly abandon its so-called ‘open-door policy’ of accepting new member states seems equally unrealistic at this point, after the US and NATO reaffirmed the right of any country to seek membership in the bloc.

As early as February 16 2022, Joe Biden knew that the Ukrainians had begun firing more shells (containers full of explosives) at the civilian population of Donbass, putting Vladimir Putin in front of a difficult choice: Help Donbass militarily and create an international problem, or stand by and watch the Russian-speaking people of Donbass being crushed (as they had been the preceding 8 years..). The OSCE has monitored the bombing (and thus ceasefire violations) by Ukraine carefully;
If Putin would decide to intervene, Putin could invoke the international obligation of “Responsibility To Protect” (R2P). But he knew that whatever its nature or scale, the intervention would trigger a storm of sanctions. Therefore, whether Russian intervention was limited to the Donbass or went further to put pressure on the West for the status of Ukraine, the price to pay would be the same. This is what he explained in his speech on February 21. On that day, he agreed to the request of the Duma and recognized the independence of the two Donbass Republics and, at the same time, he signed friendship and assistance treaties with them.

The illegal Ukrainian artillery bombardment of the Donbass population continued, and, on February 23, the two Republics asked for military assistance from Russia. On February 24, Putin invoked Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, which provides for mutual military assistance in the framework of a defensive alliance.

In order to make the Russian intervention illegal in the eyes of the public, NATO deliberately hid the fact that this war actually started on February 16, or even in 2014. The Ukrainian army was preparing to attack the Donbass (once more) as early as 2021, as Russian and European intelligence services were well aware. All this is documented by these intelligence services and factually irrefutable. Time will tell, but I think future jurists will judge this military operation to have been a fully legal undertaking..

Still, one wonders what changed in the media’s eyes from before 2022:

* Note that all info provided above can be found on the websites, reports and press memo’s of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, the UN, NATO, Whitehouse/Pentagon and the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Either side has confirmed validity of the other side’s statements. It’s not ‘propaganda’. Just sayin’..

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If you try post them anyway, twitter/facebook make it look like a technical problem; you get to see bullshit like “too many failed login attempts” or “spam is not allowed” or similar fake reasons. All lies of course, twitter is clearly #censoring and #banning information the US State affiliated media does not want you to know about.. Note that inside Russia, you can still freely access ALL Western media, unlike what many Western media try to make of press freedoms in Russia.

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