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Ukrainian leftist criticizes Western war drive with Russia: US is using Ukraine as ‘cannon fodder’

A left-wing peace activist raised in Ukraine explains how the US government created the crisis, backing two coups in a decade, fueling a devastating civil war, and exploiting his nation as a proxy against Russia.

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Ukrainian soldiers (Photo credit: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine / public domain)

(Se puede leer este artículo en español aquí.)


I am a Ukrainian-American. I grew up and spent over half of my life in Ukraine, although now I live in the United States. I wanted to explain my thoughts on the ongoing crisis with Russia, because mainstream corporate media outlets don’t ever share perspectives like mine.

It is definitely a stressful time, for obvious reasons. Fortunately, my family and friends in the country are alive and are doing well enough under the circumstances. Unfortunately, in the past decade this isn’t the first time I have had to check in on my loved ones there, and for basically the same reasons. This is what I wanted to talk about.

You see, the US government has meddled in Ukraine for decades. And the Ukrainian people have suffered because of this.

The overwhelming support that Western governments and media outlets have poured out for Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24 is not actually motivated by concern for the Ukrainian people. They are using us to advance their political and economic interests.

We know this because Washington overthrew our government twice in a decade, imposed neoliberal economic policies that made our country the poorest in Europe, and has fueled a devastating civil war that in the past eight years took the lives of 14,000 Ukrainians and wounded and displaced many more.

The following facts don’t get mentioned by the media, as they contradict the foreign-policy goals of the US government. So unless you are actively engaged in the anti-war movement, the info below is probably new to you. That is why I wanted to write this article.

US government backed two coups in Ukraine in one decade, and fueled a civil war that killed 14,000 Ukrainians

The first US-backed soft coup in Ukraine occurred in 2004, when Western-backed presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko lost the election.

The winner of the November 2004 vote, Viktor Yanukovych, was portrayed as being pro-Russian, so Western governments refused to recognize his victory and declared electoral fraud.

Western-backed forces in Ukraine then mobilized and carried out a textbook color revolution, called the “Orange Revolution.” They forced another run-off vote that December, in which their candidate Yushchenko was declared president.

In a shockingly honest 2004 report titled “US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev,” Britain’s establishment newspaper The Guardian admitted that the “Orange Revolution” was “an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing,” bankrolled with at least $14 million.

“Funded and organised by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organisations, the campaign” attempted to topple governments “in four countries in four years,” The Guardian boasted, targeting Serbia, Georgia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Guardian Ukraine Orange Revolution US funding

Much like in the United States, Ukrainian presidents are appointed and govern in the interest of wealthy oligarchs, so no Ukrainian president ends his tenure with a particularly high rating. The US-backed Yushchenko, however, set a new record for the lowest popular support in history.

In the next presidential election, in 2010, Yushchenko got just 5% of the vote, which should give you an insight into how popular he actually was.

During his first term Yushchenko implemented a program of austerity, reduced social spending, bailed out large banks, deregulated agriculture, advocated for NATO membership, and repressed the rights of language minorities like Russian speakers.

The second US-backed coup d’etat in Ukraine was launched in late 2013 and consolidated power in 2014, just a decade after the first one.

Viktor Yanukovych, who was frequently called pro-Russian by Western media but in reality was just neutral, won the 2010 presidential election fair and square.

But in 2013, Yanukovych refused to sign a European Union Association Agreement that would have been a step toward integrating Ukraine with the EU. In order to be part of this program, Brussels had demanded that Kiev impose neoliberal structural adjustment, selling off government assets and giving the Washington-led International Monetary Fund (IMF) even more control over Ukrainian state spending.

Yanukovych rejected this for a more favorable offer from Russia. So, once again, Western-backed organizations brought out their supporters into the Maidan Square in Kiev to overthrow the government.

As was the case during the “Orange Revolution” in 2004, the United States sent politicians to meet with the leaders of the demonstrations, and later coup leaders, in late 2013 and early 2014. US Senators John McCain, Chris Murphy, and others spoke in front of large crowds in Maidan.

Business Insider McCain Ukraine Nazi

At some point the control of the stage and leadership of the protests was overtaken by far-right forces. Leaders of such organizations as Svoboda (a neo-Nazi party) and Right Sector (a coalition of fascist organizations) spoke to the protesters, sometimes standing side-by-side with their American backers like McCain.

Later their organizations acted as the spear of attack against the Ukrainian police in the violent February 2014 coup d’etat, and they were the first to storm government buildings.

With the success of the US-backed forces and fascists, President Yanukovich fled the country to Russia.

US government officials met with coup leaders and appointed a right-wing neoliberal, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to lead the new regime, because they recognized they couldn’t appoint the fascists and maintain legitimacy.

A leaked recording of a phone call between Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and the US ambassador in Kiev, Geoffrey Pyatt, showed that Washington chose who the leaders of the new coup regime would be.

Nuland referred to Yatsenyuk affectionately as “Yats,” saying, “Yats is the guy.”

The first actions of the post-2014 coup government were to ban left-wing parties in the country and reduce language-minority rights even further. Then Ukrainian fascists attacked anti-coup demonstrations in the streets all over the country.

As the anti-coup protests were being violently broken up by the far-right, two areas in the east of the country, Donetsk and Luhansk, rose up and declared independence from Ukraine.

The people of Crimea also voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Crimea has a Russian military base, and under their protection they were able to vote safely.

The people in Donetsk and Luhansk were less lucky. The coup government dispatched the military to suppress their insurrections.

At first many Ukrainian soldiers refused to shoot at their own countrymen, in this civil war that their US-backed government started.

Seeing the hesitation of the Ukrainian military, far-right groups (and the oligarchs that were backing them) formed so-called “territorial defense battalions,” with names like Azov, Aidar, Dnipro, Tornado, etc.

Much like in Latin America, where US-backed death-squads kill left-wing politicians, socialists, and labor organizers, these Ukrainian fascist battalions were deployed to lead the offensive against the militias of Donetsk and Luhansk, killing Russian-speaking Ukrainians.

In May 2014, neo-Nazis and other far-right forces assaulted an anti-coup demonstration in the major city of Odessa. 48 people were burned alive in a labor union building.

This massacre added more fuel to the civil war. The Ukrainian government promised to investigate what happened, but never really did.

After the 2014 coup, Ukraine held an election without any serious opposition candidates, and Western-backed billionaire Petro Poroshenko won.

Poroshenko was seen as the most “moderate” of the right-wing coup coalition. But that didn’t mean much, considering many opposition parties were banned or assaulted by the far-right when they tried to organize.

Additionally, the areas that would have heavier support for the voices who wanted peace with Russia, such as Crimea and the Donbas, had seceded from Ukraine.

The new president had the impossible task of trying to appear sufficiently patriotic for the far-right while at the same time sufficiently “respectable” for the West to continue backing him publicly.

To appease the far-right, Poroshenko gave out awards to World War Two veterans “on both sides,” including the ones that fought in Nazi Germany-aligned militias like the fascist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

The Ukrainian government officially honored the leaders of these organizations, Stepan Bandera and Roman Shukevych, who organized massacres of many thousands of Poles, Jews, Russians, and other minorities during World War Two, and who willingly participated in the Holocaust.

The holiday Defenders of Ukraine Day, or Day of Ukrainian Armed Forces, was changed to October 14, to match the date of founding of the Nazi-backed Ukrainian Insurgent Army.

This is why you sometimes see red-and-black badges on Ukrainian soldiers. This symbol shows support for the fascist Ukrainian forces during World War Two.

(Also I have to make a separate but important point here: Ukraine was previously part of the Soviet Union, and the majority of the Ukrainian population during World War Two supported the Red Army and actively resisted Nazi occupation of their country. The Ukrainian fascist collaborationists and parties did not have as broad support as the anti-fascist resistance did, and were mostly active during the period of Nazi occupation.)

A large portion of the civil war that broke out in Ukraine after the 2014 coup was waged under Poroshenko.

From 2014 to 2019, in five years of civil war in Donbas, the geographic region that encompasses the Luhansk and Donetsk republics, more than 13,000 people were killed, and at least 28,000 were wounded, according to official Ukrainian government statistics. This was years before Russia invaded.

The Ukrainian army and its far-right paramilitary allies were responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, with the United Nations reporting in January 2022 that, between 2018 and 2021, 81.4% of all civilian casualties caused by active hostilities were in Donetsk and Luhansk.

These are Russian-speaking Ukrainians being killed their own government. They are not secret Russian forces.

Researchers at the US government-sponsored RAND Corporation acknowledged in a January 2022 report in Foreign Policy magazine that, “even by Kyiv’s own estimates, the vast majority of rebel forces consist of locals—not soldiers of the regular Russian military.”

Meanwhile, millions of Ukrainians fled the country due to the conflict, especially from the eastern regions that saw most of the fighting.

The United States strongly supported Poroshenko and the Ukrainian government as it was waging this brutal war that killed thousands, injured tens of thousands, and displaced millions.

This is why I say the US government doesn’t actually care about Ukraine.

In 2019, the Ukrainian people clearly showed that they opposed this war by overwhelmingly voting against Poroshenko at the ballot box. Current Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky got 73% of the vote, compared to just 24% for Poroshenko.

Zelensky ran on a platform of peace. He even addressed the Russian-speaking eastern parts of the country in Russian.

Very quickly after entering office, however, Zelensky changed his tone. Much like the supposedly “moderate” Poroshenko, Zelensky was told that he was risking losing Western backing, and the loyalty of the far-right, which could threaten to kill him.

So Zelensky did a 180 on his peaceful rhetoric, and he continued to support the civil war.

Neo-Nazis have a significant influence in Ukraine’s state security services

Here it is important to address another important point: The Ukrainian government is not directly run by fascists, but in Ukraine fascist forces do have significant influence in the state.

After the 2014 US-backed coup, neo-Nazis were absorbed by Ukraine’s military, police, and security apparatus.

So while the parliamentary representation of fascist parties is not large (they often get just a few percentage points of the vote in elections), these extremists continue to be supported by taxpayers’ money through unelected state institutions.

Additionally, these neo-Nazis have the street muscle to terrorize political opponents. They can quickly mobilize dozens or hundreds of people on a moment’s notice to attack opponents.

Moreover, these fascists are highly motivated combatants that ensure the loyalty of the Ukrainian military. They represent a powerful faction of the Ukrainian political spectrum, and one of the forces in Ukrainian society that pushes for escalating war with the separatist regions and Russia.

I sometimes see people try to reject this fact by saying, “How can Ukraine have all these Nazis if their president is Jewish?” Here is the answer: the Nazis are not appointed by Zelensky.

These fascists have a major influence in the unelected state security apparatus. The have systematically infiltrated the military and police. And they even enjoy support and training from Western governments and NATO.

The position of fascists grew substantially stronger in Ukraine in the eight years of the civil war, from 2014 to 2022.

For those reasons Ukrainian presidents (Jewish or not) have to take the position of the far-right into consideration. (Not to mention the possibility that far-right gangs could threaten to kill the president or other politicians if they defy them.)

Furthermore, all forces that normally oppose fascism or would oppose the civil war have not existed en masse for eight years in Ukraine: following the 2014 coup, many left-wing parties and socialists got banned by the Ukrainian government, and were assaulted in the streets by the fascists.

Any Ukrainian president, especially since the coup, is highly dependent on the support of the US government as well. So Zelensky is very much a hostage of the situation.

When Washington tells Zelensky he must continue the civil war in Ukraine against his own electoral promises, support NATO membership, ignore the Minsk II agreement of 2015, or even ask for nuclear weapons, he does everything he is told.

Like any other US puppet regime, Ukraine doesn’t have any real independence. Kiev has been actively pushed to confront Russia by every US administration, against the will of the majority of Ukrainian people.

The fact that most Ukrainians wanted peace with Russia was reflected by the fact that they voted for the peace candidate Zelensky in such overwhelming numbers, 73%. And the fact that Zelensky did a total 180 on that promise shows how little political power he actually has.

Western sanctions will only hurt working-class Russians (and average people in the US too)

Now to circle back to the present moment and what to do now. I don’t support the invasion Russia is carrying out. But the only government I can influence by the virtue of living in the United States is the US government.

Luckily, that is extremely relevant, because Washington is one of the root causes of what is happening in Ukraine now.

For the past eight years, I spoke out against the coup and the civil war in Ukraine that the United States supported, promoted, and funded.

While I never thought a war with Russia was possible, I and many other Ukrainians are against Ukraine joining NATO and escalating tensions with the separatist republics and Moscow.

Any further escalation by the US right now can only lead to a larger war.

I even hear some US politicians playing around with the idea of a “no-fly zone,” which means they are calling for NATO to shoot down Russian planes. This is the quickest way to World War Three.

The support for Ukraine that fills the Western media now is not out of real solidarity with the people of Ukraine. If that were the case, the US wouldn’t have overthrown our government twice in a decade; it wouldn’t have supported the policies that made us the poorest country in Europe; it wouldn’t have fueled a brutal civil war for the past eight years.

The reason US media outlets and politicians are all backing Ukraine now is because they want to use the Ukrainian military and civilian population as cannon fodder in a proxy war with a political adversary.

Washington is willing to fight until the last Ukrainian to weaken Russia.

For that reason, I am absolutely against US sanctions in general, and this round of US sanctions against Russia in particular.

The harsh Western sanctions imposed on Russia target the civilian population.

Sanctions don’t affect ruling elites, and all US sanctions ever do is collectively punish working-class people of a country where Washington doesn’t like their government.

Devaluing the Russian currency, the ruble, is effectively a form of shrinking workers’ wages, cutting the pensions of retirees, and preventing regular people from being able to access food or medicine.

This isn’t to mention the cost that these sanctions are now also having on the people in the United States itself, with gas prices as high as $6 a gallon and even $7 in parts of California.

The skyrocketing oil prices caused by this crisis will lead to more inflation. And while the official US inflation figure is 7.5%, the real number is probably in the double digits.

All of this makes life harder for average working people, in Ukraine, Russia, the US, and around the world.

Russiagate and anti-Russian xenophobia has made the crisis even worse

Another factor in the Ukraine crisis is the rampant surge of russophobia.

Since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election, Democrats have blamed Donald Trump’s victory on Russian hacking without any solid proof. All of the supposed evidence they presented fell apart when investigated.

Many US politicians demonized Russia as much as they could, just to push the blame for their candidate losing on someone else.

Now Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine has made it okay to be openly xenophobic. I have even seen some people call for killing all Russians, boycotting all Russian businesses, revoking student visas for Russians, etc.

Even in the more “respectable” media, you see talking heads speaking about Russian people as if they’re not human.

Under Donald Trump, many of these same people demonized China, and then acted surprised when there was a wave of hate crimes in the US against East Asians.

During the US invasion of Iraq, the press demonized Arabs and Muslims, leading to hate crimes against their communities.

My point is that demonizing nationalities is never acceptable, and people can see through the flimsy excuses of hiding one’s own xenophobia behind the declarations of “solidarity” with my country.

In conclusion, I wanted to say that, if you live in the United States, the only government you can actually influence through demonstrations and other forms of protest is our own.

I absolutely think it is a crime right now to support the US government’s drive for war, sanctions, or further escalation of tensions in Ukraine.

The US government has been stoking this conflict for decades. Washington has funded coups and fueled a civil war in Ukraine.

Now, US corporations stand to greatly benefit from what is happening.

The government doesn’t care about the people here in the US, and the only reason it says it cares about people abroad is so it can justify further military spending and advance its foreign-policy goals – which aren’t good for anyone except for a handful of rich American oligarchs.

39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. Alex Nosal

    2022-03-14 at 17:02

    You’re article is spot on. I realize everything you pointed out, but you are absolutely correct in pointing out that this is a corporate war. Russia, the Ukraine and the U.S. are all owned and operated by corporations. Oligarchs are nothing more than a distorted forms of corporate power except oligarchs don’t have shareholders that hold a CEO accountable when they become unacceptable to the public at large.
    The key in the U.S. is obviously to eliminate corporate control of our government, but I doubt this can happen in my lifetime despite that this is necessary to save the planet and humans in general. The recent censorship in the west though, has only highlighted the lengths that corporate America will go to, to squash dissent. As a basic starting point, I want to organize a demonstration demanding that my government in Canada outlaws all weapon sales abroad, regardless of the customers. I don’t expect any immediate results, but at least it will highlight the corruption of our allegedly democratic institutions.
    Our slogan for the midterms must be… “never a Democrat or a Republican again!”

  2. Marcus

    2022-03-14 at 18:37

    Well said… though i have little to no hope that western media consumers will ever absorb any of it. And, soon enough inflation and possibly another wave of COVID will distract them. In my inner fantasy world i hope that Russia REALLY will detach from the west, culturally and economically, and progressive forces there will rebuild a socialist country…also nil chances of that im sure, but im convinced that if humans as a species cant overcome their history and the capitalist world order we will be irrevocably on the way to extinction within the next 100 years.

  3. Richard

    2022-03-14 at 20:00

    Excellent! Thank you!

  4. Wilma Inchauste

    2022-03-15 at 07:06

    i Will do my best to share this very good article.

  5. Jean Kern

    2022-03-15 at 08:32

    Thanks for your much needed insights.Most people in the West will not get this kind of information, they are being manipulated, indoctrinated and even brainwashed.

  6. Michael Carano

    2022-03-15 at 09:30

    This article is the high point of reason and has humanity at its root. Those who ignore this point of view in favor of the narrow take given in all corporate (and now may as well be termed “State”) media should give pause and consider what the necessary outcome is for the growing potential for a nuclear war by rallying behind the duopoly narratives.

  7. Lorna Paisley

    2022-03-15 at 11:35

    This is a great summary of what has been going on. Thank you for doing all this work and documenting things. I am passing this on and will be hoping someone listens

  8. Giles Simons

    2022-03-15 at 13:01

    What a sad indictment of the US and it’s machinations, all at the cost of innocent lives. Jon Pilger has detailed their endless interference in South America, to name one, which makes their hypocrisy breathtaking! Their thirst for power, control and treasure apparently know no bounds. Thank you Yuliy Dubovyk for your timely article.

  9. deschutesmaple

    2022-03-15 at 13:46

    This is one of the BEST articles that I have read that totally gives a spot on, informed overview (he’s a native Ukrainian after all) of the Ukraine conflict. What makes this such an excellent article is that he’s from Ukraine, has family there, and has first hand knowledge of how this whole thing has gone down. So no shitlib can brush it aside is ‘fake news’ or ‘Russian propaganda’. Thank you Mr Dobovyk, I will forward this to my shitlib friends, to help counter the massive propaganda bullshit blitzkreig from American corporate media outlets. Kudos! Keep to the Left 🙂

    • Wu Yang

      2022-03-19 at 21:09

      This ukraine disaster has standard evil USA modus operandi written all over it namely iraq iran libya syria vietnam cambodia Laos hongkong xinjiang yemen palestine Afghanistan Cuba Venezuela Guatemala panama Honduras Georgia Myanmar etc etc. The western governments not blind, they are are colluding and co conspiring to maintain western colonial hegemony. Nothing to do with the people of the countries…. just the deep state plutocrats and oligarchs on power in the western world

  10. Jack Shneidman

    2022-03-15 at 19:19

    This is a fantastic article. Thank you for writing this, Yuliy.

  11. Al

    2022-03-16 at 02:17

    Thank you

  12. Carri

    2022-03-16 at 09:07

    Well-written story. Thanks!

  13. Barb

    2022-03-16 at 09:25

    Spoton. Nothing happens in this world unless the U.S.knows it, wants it, sanctions it or facilitates it . Ive known this since Vietnam when I protested to end that debacle . Yet,here we are ……and correct , the people ,the poor,the environment are the ones who pay

  14. Brian Helt

    2022-03-17 at 09:37

    So true,thank you sir for the truth.

  15. David Nissen

    2022-03-17 at 10:37

    The US actually did the same with an election coup in Russia in 1996 by putting Yeltsin in power leading to the privatisation of state industries. See ‘Yanks to the Rescue’ Time magazine and film Spinning Boris

  16. Robert Orwell Hand

    2022-03-17 at 10:41

    Best, because most articulately clear and well organized, analysis l’ve read about the Ukraine crisis. And, crucially, written by a Ukrainian. Thanks brother. And thanks to Ben Norton and the excellent Multipolarista.

  17. Jim Dier

    2022-03-17 at 10:58

    such a great piece thank you! really good historical background

    • Tomas

      2022-11-13 at 01:36

      Great summary of what has happened. The only thing I missed was a mention of Ukrainian leaders’ refusals to abide by the Minsk agreements and Poroshenko’s leaked recording where he’s speaking his mind. He talks about just pretending to abide by the Minsk and meantime building an army to attack Russian speaking civilians and perhaps even attacking Russia. He speaks of bombing the eastern regions and specifically says ” while our children will prosper, theirs(the children in Russian speaking areas of Ukraine) will huddle in basements hiding from our bombs..

  18. Pauline Connolly

    2022-03-18 at 15:59

    Helluva article. Makes for a heavy heart. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge through such skillful writing. Deeply saddening.

  19. Elizabeth

    2022-03-18 at 23:27

    Wonderful and informed article.

    • Raymond

      2022-03-19 at 22:03

      This was exactly what the US government was doing in Hong Kong and it took more than 2 years for Beijing to stop it.

  20. Cnico

    2022-03-20 at 17:51

    Excellent article… Ty so much!

    Just one question. I am worried that US has created a neo-Nazi monster that can’t be tamed! What if the brutal far right neo-nazi battalions so used to having their way and killing so many go “berserk” and kill many more civilians before they go down?

    Also I am worried they will scatter and then “rise from the dead” again.

    What are your thoughts please? I am really upset about their many brutal killings in Mariupol and I fear many more are to come there, and then across the country.

    I don’t see them stepping down. They just refused to surrender in Mariupol.

    • Naresh

      2022-03-23 at 07:56

      Any politician, in ANY country, who hires non-state, brainless, muscle power to achieve selfish, short-term goals is in effect creating a man-eating monster as a pet. The people of the country and later even the politician himself/herself will pay very dearly. Use of force must be left to those who have that constitutional duty and who can be tried in court for crimes committed.

  21. E joo

    2022-03-20 at 22:08

    Informative, well researched and presented article. This article, I hope, will go some way to counteract the propaganda in the western mass media. Instead of pursuading both warring parties to sit down for a negotiated settlement, the US, EU and their allies are pouring more fuel (ie arms) into Ukraine so that the Ukrainian can fight to the last man against the Russian on behalf of the US and the west in a geopolitical conflict instigated by the US and EU over the past decade.

  22. Luis Gabriel Aguilera

    2022-03-20 at 22:57

    I will be sharing this article widely tomorrow and the following days. Keep an eye on the amount of views. Thank you for writing this.

  23. Guy St Hilaire

    2022-03-21 at 08:05

    Thank you so much for this article Yuliy .You have presented a very factual account of history especially since the the breakup of the USSR .The interference into other countries’ affairs by the US administration and the wars it created is a long and treacherous story indeed and here we are today again witnessing death and destruction in lands far away from US
    soil .
    The media is painting the biggest propaganda campaign that I can remember .We fought a war , WWII against Nazi fascists and today we find ourselves supporting them because the media has conditioned most minds not to question our ruling masters who’s motives are nefarious. It is actually very depressing to witness .

  24. Johnnie tan

    2022-03-21 at 08:42

    US invaded Iraq because US says Iraq is a national security threat to US. US invaded Afghanistan using same national security threat reasoning. Now Russia invaded Ukraine because Russia says Ukraine is a national security threat. What is the difference? US lies about WMD to invade Iraq. Russia tell the truth about NATO expansion. The greatest threat to humanity and democracies is US lies and propaganda. US wolf in sheep clothing. The devil masquerading as a saviour of mankind? By US i refer to the powers controlling US, US people in general do no want wars and cruel sanctions. Sadly only US people can save the world from US leaders and their dangerous propaganda.

    • Carsten Andersson

      2022-04-29 at 15:13

      The wolfowitz doctrine

  25. Niki

    2022-03-21 at 15:15

    Sehr gut auf den Punkt gebracht und klar. Insbesondere in Zeiten, wo medial übers Messer balbierte Menschen plötzlich wie im Rausch russophobe Rambos werden und Teile der ach so sehr benötigten Friedensbewegung zur Kriegsbewegung mutieren. Danke!

  26. Andre

    2022-03-21 at 19:52

    Kudos from Brazil, for this comprehensive article. I knew most of the facts, but you laid it down in such a clear manner, that even google-translated to portuguese it is very good and I have now something to send friends, instead of telling the whole story.

    Brazil corporate mass media follows US’s narrative. It is the natural way, since the receive news from other broadcast companies in US or Europe. But in Youtube the narrative is breaking, as many channels expose the rash truth (on both sides of the war), breaking the Empire’s “say so”.

  27. lingeshwara

    2022-03-21 at 21:51

    Excellent article! Spot on! The informed among us understand the hidden US and its allies hands in every nasty event around. But I also think a new world order is arising that will change this power game. But the change may not be a peaceful one. There is very real risk of WW3 towards that end

  28. mary

    2022-03-22 at 15:10

    This is excellent, very clear and well-stated. I am a U.S. citizen, and it’s been obvious to me from the outset that this conflict is a proxy war, meant to weaken Russia. Had we listened to Russia’s legitimate concerns, war could easily have been avoided. So why wasn’t it? The other thing that has dismayed and astonished me is the sheer hate for Russia in the U.S. right now. I’ve never seen anything like it–it’s honestly worse than after 9/11. And no one in the mainstream media, or even some alternative media sites, seems to question it at all.

    I hope your family and friends are still okay. I think, if Zelensky felt free to do so, he would have made peace long ago.

  29. Tom Roche

    2022-03-22 at 17:00

    Excellent summary of the issues! which (hint to Ben Norton) would make a great episode of [The Podcast Formerly Known as “Moderate Rebels”](https://moderaterebels.libsyn.com/rss).

    Also wanted for the podcast: an interview with someone like Pepe Escobar about the potential for US sanctions to re-partition the global economy into US-centric, PRC-centric, and non-aligned blocs, reminiscent of the old Sauvy [3-world model](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-world_model). The difference being that, while the old “2nd world” (basically [COMECON](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comecon)) was never more than 10% of the global economy, (what I’m calling) the New 2nd World (PRC and Russia, plus other [Shanghai Cooperation Organization](https://dppa.un.org/en/shanghai-cooperation-organization) states, etc) is substantially larger: with just PRC and Russia one gets [over 20% of global GDP](https://www.statista.com/statistics/270183/countries-with-the-largest-proportion-of-global-gross-domestic-product-gdp/).

  30. EJ

    2022-03-23 at 08:15

    Thank you, Yuliy, for your insightful reportage.

  31. freedom Norway

    2022-03-26 at 18:10

    Hopefully the truth will one day come forward, and all the media pushing the lies and propaganda will get replaced by an honest press.

    Thank you.. Will share!

  32. fj

    2022-04-03 at 04:11

    Thank you. Excellent article! Only thing you didn’t cover is the Nuland-Blinken-Kolomoyski connection, behind the rape and exploitation of all of those former Eastern states, including the deliberate strategy to weaken Russia so they can hopefully suck them dry too, while lining their pockets. The Hunter Biden laptop will detail much of those evil deeds…. Kolomoyski, a puppet of the US State department controlled by one Victoria Nuland, was the Ukrainian Oligarch whom they tried to run for president, but most Ukrainians hated him and he only got 3% of the vote.

    But Kolomoyski’s a very clever man, and he figured out a way to control the government from ‘behind-the-scenes’. He bought a TV Network and produced a TV show called ‘Servant of the People’, where the actor who becomes president, fights for the people and against corruption, which he ‘astro-turfed’ to popularity with his billions. That actor is now the real president and his name is Zelenski, a puppet of Kolomoyski, and by extension, Nuland and the other US hawks promoting the war. They even named the party under which he ran in the election ‘Servant of the People’. (You can’t make this shit up). The poor Ukrainians fell for his BS and voted him in having no idea what was really going on in the background.

    Among many other nasty business dealings steeped in corruption, Kolomoyski funds neo-nazi militias. Why would a Jew fund what on the surface is their natural sworn enemy? Well, it’s not the first time Zionists have collaborated with National Socialists to use them as their proxy army to fight for their cause. You can read about that in a book called Age of the Dictators by Lenni Brenner.

    For a more in depth look at the corruption surrounding Zelinski, check out this article:
    https://dailyexpose.uk/2022/03/04/rise-of-zelensky-from-comedian-to-president/

  33. OtreboR

    2022-05-14 at 10:15

    wow, the best article I ever read about this crisis, very profesional and objective. No need to write more, and I share it with my friends, thanks for been honest and objective, happy to find out that great journalism still existe, not only fake news

  34. Thomsen

    2022-05-14 at 13:34

    This article is spot on perfect. In retrospect, we also know that the Azov and other similar mercenary organizations in eastern Ukraine were Soros linked and funded. We also know that the function of both Ukraine government overthrows is to protect the largest dirty money laundering operation in world history. The bulk of the money is US taxpayer originated and post many bank transfers, shell corporations and loan default schemes, the perks floats right back to extremely dirty US politicians.

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