Russia has been invading Ukraine since 2014, with the Russian government claiming that soldiers invading Ukraine are little green men or are Russian citizens taking a vacation to go to Ukraine.
The United States government has known since October 2021 that the Russians were planning an invasion.
The Biden administration informed the Ukrainian government for months before the actual invasion, which took place in February 2022, that the Russians would be invading.
To prepare Ukrainians for the Russian invasion, the US government sent assets that Ukrainians could use to fight the Russian Federation; these assets were mainly portable sets and other smaller equipment like the Stinger Fiererockets and other anti-tank weaponry.
This was due to a common consensus that with the Russian Federation having the second-largest land army on the planet, the Ukrainians would fall within the year.
Instead, during the Ukraine War, Ukrainians have performed above anyone’s expectations.
General Mark Milley, the United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, carries around a set of notecards that have the overall strategic goals of the USA during the Ukraine conflict, which are as follows;
- Don’t allow Ukraine’s defence efforts to become a direct war between the USA and NATO military forces against the Russian Federation.
- Maintain the unity of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members in the face of Russian aggression.
- Support the Ukrainian military and its economy with everything the NATO alliance and the USA can provide the Ukrainian government and its armed forces to defend the territorial integrity of the nation of Ukraine. It’s essential to add that without the economic and military equipment of NATO and its affiliate members, and the Ukrainians would be unable to continue the war.
- Contain the war inside the territorial borders and geographical areas of Ukraine though this can be debated on whether or not Eastern Ukraine and Crimea are Russian territories.
The United States and its allies cannot guarantee that the Ukraine war will mainly occur within Ukraine. The second reason is that the Russians are performing so badly, and now the Ukrainian government is already using paramilitary organisations to attack Russia.
Russian Claim to Ukraine
It’s been repeated in Russian propaganda that Ukraine has always been and always will be part of Russia; this is categorically false information, but like all information that is misinformation, it does contain a grain of truth.
The Russians as a culture group are Slavic, the same way that Western nations like Germany, Great Britain and France have Germanic roots and Latin roots in their cultures, including their legal system and use of words having Latin and German roots.
The Russians as a people did begin in Kyiv but were removed from the area due to the invasion of Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes in the 13th century.
And throughout the centuries, Ukraine has been a battleground of Germanic kights, the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Ottoman/Turkish Sultans and a host of other neighbouring powers trying to conquer the region.
Ukrainians have only been independent since 1991, and in the proceeding 30 years, particularly during the Ukraine-Russian war in 2014 to the present day, a new distinct ethnic group and identity is emerging.
Ukraine war can be likened to the American War of Independence from 1775 until 1883 because, like during that long conflict, a separate and new American identity was made that was partially distinctive from the home islands of Great Britain.
Over time, each nation and culture group is fractured and reunited through a series of migrations, natural disasters and wars. The unity created by Holy Rome Emperor Charlemagne in the ninth century no longer exists today.
There is no longer a unity between Italians, Germans and the French.
As the culture divided and civilisation collapsed, newly independent nations and identities were created; this has happened before and will happen again.
The most recent in human history was the collapse of the old imperial empires of the previous 20th century. It led to new nations gaining independence and winning their freedom after centuries of oppression.
Despite the 1991 agreement that the Ukrainians would keep their independence if they handed over their nuclear arsenal to the Russian Federation, Ukraine, in perpetuity, would maintain its national independence.
Instead, Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has put forward a fictional argument that the Western world wishes to devour and destroy Russia.
Vladimir Putin sees the world through a very old lens of the Cold War and previous centuries, making him out of touch with reality.
The biggest crisis Russia faces is not from the West but from the collapse of its demographics, which is the same problem most of the Western world and other nations like China and Japan, especially South Korea, which have no future due to not enough people being born.
Ukrainians Fighting Russia
According to the Atlantic Council, a non-profit organisation that unites northern American and European analysts stated in a report published in November 2022 that the Ukrainians have the legal right to hit back against Russian installations that firing rockets into Ukraine.
But the Ukrainians are not permitted to do so due to the fears of the Western backers that are worried the Ukrainians will start attacking the Russian Federation territory or Ukraine and launch offences into Russia proper.
Russians may launch nuclear weapons or trigger a global war against the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, starting World War three.
The reason why NATO and the United States are reluctant to provide the Ukrainian government with missiles and aircraft is highlighted by US General Mark Milley, whose goal is to prevent an escalation of the conflict to avoid using tactical nuclear weapons.
In a worst-case scenario, the Russians used tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine, which may avoid world war three, but this kind of attack on Ukraine may not necessarily mean war with the West.
As for the Ukrainian’s reasons for not attacking Russia with its military, one is because they are still fighting Russians within Ukraine, and the second reason is that its supply lines come from the NATO alliance.
Without the equipment, Ukraine could not keep fighting the Ukraine war.
Ukraine cannot attack Russian territory, and it guarantees the Russian position of being the aggressor and never the victim.
The war will primarily occur within the Ukrainian nation, and all damages and loss of civilian life will be Ukrainians.
The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated as early as May 14, 2023, that the Ukrainian counteroffensive would not involve any attacks on Russian soil.
During the Discard leak of January 2023, it was revealed that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is very interested in attacking Russian targets within Russia that are being held back due to their allies in NATO and the USA having no skin in the game.
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