Why Ukraine crisis is the fault of the West

Professor Mearscheimer points out 3 areas of prime significance to the United States today: China, which is a rising power, the Persian Gulf which has the resource of oil, and so is inextricably linked to both China and Europe, and Germany and the Soviet Union have been the most significant powers affecting Europe in the 20th century.

The more recent history of Western powers challenging Russia via the eastern European neighboring countries saw NATO forces under the leadership of the United States moving heavy weapons into Ukraine and building up Ukraine’s military in the Donbass region, where the intent was clearly to retake the breakaway regions. Russia responded in kind as a warning not to attack.

The West increased its promises of support and intervention to Ukraine, as they are doing again now and stirred up the propaganda campaign about a Russian invasion, just as it is again today. Ukrainian preparations continued under the guise of an invasion over Christmas.

Then suddenly Khazakhstan erupted into chaos on Russia’s Southern border in the new year. Most people in the West expected Khazakstan to crumble under a colour revolution. But it turned out to be yet another attempted coup to distract Russia…

On 5 January 2022, CSTO peacekeepers were announced to be deployed to Kazakhstan in response to the anti-government unrest in the country and the situation was swiftly stabilized. Only 6 days later, on 11 January, CSTO forces began their withdrawal from Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan. .

Nothing has happened in the past month to strengthen Ukraine’s position relative to either NATO, Russia or the U.S., and Ukraine is realising the precarious situation it has put itself in as Western support slowly fades away and Russia holds all the cards.

Russia would gain nothing by invading Ukraine; no resources, no strategic advantage and great risks to its economy and reputation. Russia’s present influence over Turkey and Hungary has seen NATO’s power neutered somewhat, and Western Europe’s economic reliance on Russian energy has seen US power projection and influence blunted in recent days, and Ukraine is even coming around to the understanding that NATO membership is completely off the table for them.

Ukraine at some stage will need to revisit the Minsk accords and start negotiating with Russia.

Ray Bergmann
17 Feb 2022

One thought on “Why Ukraine crisis is the fault of the West

  1. samir sardana says:

    Some think that Putin had an INT FAILURE !

    There is NO INT failure !

    Putin has made a 3 pronged attack – and each is a hedge !

    The shortest route to Kiev was from Belarus – but that would drag Belarus, into the war ! If Bela is sanctioned – then the troops will pour in,from there !

    A 1 single sided attack would have allowed UKR from South and North, to attack and also choke the Supply lines from the South And East,As of now,UKR troops are bogged down in South,East and North – WHICH IS WHAT PUTIN WANTED !

    He is quarantining the UKR army in 4 zones – and then choking them of arms,food,fuel,drugs and is pounding them !

    Now,UKR has 3 logistics supply chains of Russia to break – and even if they succeed in 1 – the other two will move ahead !

    Also,the key for Putin is to take the UKR airports.Once that is done,the logistics supply chain and time – shrinks and has a new variable !Troops and fuel can be airlifted to Kiev and other locations in less than 40 minutes from Russian airfields That is Y intense battles are on at all key airports.

    Once UKR knows that Kiev and Airports will fall,then the UKR ARMY WILL HAVE TO BLOW UP THE AIRPORTS AND ALL FUEL DUMPS.That will be end of the UKR army and the start of urban war !

    As of today,there is ENOUGH FUEL and FOOD in UKRAINE AND PUTIN’S ARMY CAN JUST STOCK UP ON THE SAME – AND THERE IS NO NEED FOR THESE – THEY ONLY NEED THE MILITARY ORDINANCE SUPPLY CHAIN ! EVEN THERE,THE RUSSIAN TROOPS ARE NOT TOO FAR FROM THE RUSSIAN BORDER !

    PUTIN IS CRUISING AHEAD ! IF HE WANTED,HE COULD HAVE SHUT DOWN THE POWER AND GAS GRID AND WATER SUPPLIES AND THE WEB – BUT HE DID NOT !

    Y ?PUTIN WANTS TO RUN UKRAINE !

    IF HE FOLLOWED THE US PATH IN IRAQ – HE WOULD HAVE TAKEN OVER UKRAINE,BY NOW !

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