By Darrell Egan

 Australians have woken to the news in the past week of Russia moving into the eastern part of Ukraine with the narrative of blatant Russian aggression in a good guys bad guys narrative, with no reporting on how the situation reached such a crisis point.

To answer this  we have to go back to post cold war 1990 after the collapse of the Berlin wall when Ukraine gained it independence from Russia in a deal between Kyiv (Kiev) in central Ukraine and Liviv in western Ukraine. This event was called Revolution on Granite.

Leonid Kravchuk became the first president of an an independent Ukraine in 1991.

Kravchuk who was born in Poland signed a decommissioning nuclear agreement with US president George Bush Senior.

He brought in western style economic privatisation which under his leadership hailed in corruption and oligarchs with the influx of western investment.However with opening up to western countries brought in a large level of corruption in the Ukraine bureaucracy which was to continue into the new millennia. Kravchuk and his sone were both involved in fraud and corruption, allegations he was a member of the Freemasons cult, along with other scandals including hundreds of Ukrainian sailors trapped abroad with no salaries paid to them, he lost his leadership to Leonid Kuchma in 1994.

Kuchma pursued a blanched Independent relationship between western allied countries and Russia to ensure stability.

Due to embedded large corruption that had was on acceleration in Ukraine since the presidency of Kravchuk, this dogged the leadership of Kuchma.

However as part of Kuchma’s balance with Russia and the US he made a 200 million dollar deal with President Clinton for Ukraine’s free market reforms.

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However with a new hawkish George W Bush zero sum foreign policy of you are with an us or against US presidency coming to power in 2001, Kuchma’s balance independent relations between US and Russia was to become short lived in the US backed Orange Revolution coup which took place in 2004 leading to the toppling of his leadership in 2005 with accusations levelled against him.

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This US backed Orange revolution ushered in President Viktor Yushchenko who set Ukraine on a course to integrate Ukraine into US controlled NATO alliance which as seen in previous Russian allied states means placing US NATO alliance weapons pointed t close to Russia close to their border. Placing missiles in Ukraine pointed at Russia was issued in a joint statement between Viktor Yushchenko and Geroge W Bush.

This was the beginning of US agressive further expansion to Russia’s borders closing the window of settling the status of Russia for future peace in the post cold war era.
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Viktor Yuschenko and George W Bush
Yushchenko illness scandal. 
In September 2004 Yushchenko was stricken with Acute Edematous Pancreatitis, which is a condition caused by excessive alcohol and medication which create gallstones.
Rather than go to a Ukranian hospital Yushchenk was transferred to a London hospital and showed signs of jaundice which is a yellowish colour of the face and has been association with jaundice complication of Pancreatitis associated with alcoholic hepatitis.
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However western media reports ran into overdrive of Russian poisoning ranging from alleged dioxins found in his body ranging from 100,000 units to 500,000 in his blood.
It most be taken into account dioxins are found in high levels in the food chain and 90% of this can be found in shellfish in which Yushchenko ate just before he was struck down with the illness.
Shellfish link to Dioxins Reference Link:
Former clinician to Vikto Yushchenko Professor Lothar Wicke claimed the allegations of poisoning were put out before any diagnosis nd the dioxins were found to have come not from poisoning. Wicke claimed there was no genuine medical evidence to back up teh claim of poisoning.
In a medical battle Professor Wicke claimed  he was prevented from accessing medical records which were confiscated from the Rudolfinerhaus clinic where he worked under the request of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justic
When Professor Wicke blew the whistle on this he received death threats. These darmatic events happened during the Yushchenko 2005 election campaign and the political pressure of Professor Wicke was huge.
This incident caused Professor Wicke to be forced out of his job at the  Rudolfinerhaus Clinic.
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This issue is a rabbit hole of mystery with no real conclusive answer. However it is surprising this information did not circulate in a huge way in western media.
 The following Ukraine President starting in 2010 was Viktor Yanukovych in the previous election against Yushchenko initially won by a narrow margin. However there was allegations of election fraud which was a window of opportunity for the US to create the Orange revolution protests in 2004 as the US knew Viktor Yanukovych was more independent in have a balance approach of relations with the US and Europe.  This US backed color revolution caused another vote in which Yushchenko defeated Yanukovych.
With the reelection of Yanukovych in 2010 put him in the cross hairs of the US. In an independent balanced approach he sought membership into the European Union and have some trade relations with Russia.
Yanukovych sought an Independent Foreign Policy for Ukraine that was neither Pro US or Pro Russia.
Yanukovych reaching out top President Obama for stability in Ukraine in February 2014 before he was ousted.
However this was not enough for the US and he was the beginning of a more assertive US intervention in Ukraine.
 On February 8 – 18, 2014 (just days before the ousting of former Ukrainian president Yanukovych), by the Kiev Institue for Sociology (KIIS) found 35.9% and then 41% support for unification of all Ukraine with Russia.
This was an increase towards Russia on previous polls and would have put Yanukovych in the crosshairs of the US that this could happen under his watch and that he did push for an exclusive US Foreign Policy reliance.
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In the final months of his tenure as President  a poll conducted in Crimea in 2013 which lead Crimea to be reunified with Russia with a 96 % in favour vote with an 87 % voter turnout.
Under his tenure is tenure as President the poll lead to a referendum in March 2014 just after he exited office which lead Crimea to be reunified with Russia with a 96 % in favour vote with an 87 % voter turnout.
2014 Crimea Referendum:
With such a poll the predominantly Ethnic Russians who were much maligned during the US backed Colour revolution would have seen some hope the they could be integrated back into Russia.
The Beginning of Ukraine’s Azov Neo Nazi Battalion inciting Donbas conflict.
When Yanukovych was ousted and President Oleksandr Turchynov took over in February 22 2014 it was the beginning of a downhill slide in relation to Ukraine and Russia leading to the current intervention in Ukraine as we are seeing now.
Turchynov is a Far Right Baptist and part of the Nazi leaning All-Ukrainian Union Fatherland faction.
On 13 April 2014 Turchynov’s Minister of Internal Affairs Arslen Avakov issued a decree authorising creating new paramilitary forces from civilians up to 12,000 which had the Azov Battalion Neo Nazi Battalion eastern Corps , as its backbone.
Ukrainian Azov Neo Nazi Battalion. Their symbol is from the Nazi SS Wolfsangel divisions in World War 2. 
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This Azov Battalion being an eastern corp’s put it in the Donbas region attacking ethnic Russians there who were protesting for the a referendum which was an emotionally charged time that incited the Donbas conflict.
The referendum rapidly slipped away.
To make matters more volatile reports of US Blackwater Militia were sighted in the Donbass region supporting the Azov Neo Nazi Battalion Eastern Corps.
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Some ethnic Russians in Donbas morphed form protesters seeking a referendum on their status into armed militia’s supported by Russia to counter the Azov Neo Nazi battalion and foreign fighters from western countries supporting them.
Russian speaking  protesters pushed for a referendum to resolve the conflict and on May 11 2014 a referendum was held for the status on the status of Donetsk and Luhansk in Donbas. The election had a near 75% turnout with 89% voting to be independent of Ukraine.
However, the United states and the Ukrainian government did not recognise this vote.
It seems the US do not like democracy when they cannot interfere with it or it does not go their way.
  This was the final chance to resolve the issue in the Donbas region.
 Not much changed with the new Banker Billionaire Petro Poroshenko President who was brought into power on May 29 2014 just after the Donbas referendum.
He called for a ceasefire
The conflict in Donbas continued unabated with the Ukraine Azov Neo Nazi battalion eastern Corps in conflict with Russian speaking militia in Donbass.
In a move which seemed to cement Neo Nazi’s as part of the Ukraine military, the Ukraine abstained from supporting a United Nations Resolution in 2015 to combat the Glorification of nazism, Neo nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The Anglo Centric countries such as the United States, UK, Australia, New Zealand, along with European Union countries that inclded Germany, France Italy, Poland etc abstained from supporting this resolution.
However Israel voted Yes in support of this resolution as it is a horrible practice their people were victims of.
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Into 2019 Ukraine Azov Neo Nazi Battalions remained in Donbas for the conflict with Right Wing Nazi sympathisers from western countries fighting with Azov.
Australian right Wing neo Nazis with the Azov Wolfsangel symbol.
Even though there was a United nation Security Council Resolution (2202) adopetd in 2015 calling for:
Based on the Law of Ukraine “On interim local self-government order in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, questions related to local elections will be discussed and agreed upon with representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group. Elections will be held in accordance with relevant OSCE standards and monitored by OSCE/ODIHR.
 Reference Link Minsk Agreement Resolution 2202:
From 2015 until now there was no will by the US or the European Union to allow for a referendum of status in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Donbas honouring this resolution
In May 2019 the current Ukraine President Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy was elected.
The situation did not change under his presidency.
To inflame the situation more, in April 2021 Zelenskyy called for the speeding up of Ukraine to join NATO which would herald US ballistic missiles to be placed on the border of Russia pointed at them.
One could only imagine if this situation with a Russian backed Mexican government was happening on the US Mexican border with US citizens in Mexico caught in the middle and Russia calling for a security alliance that meant putting their ballistic missiles pointed at the US on the Mexican border.
The US would not wait for 8 years to get a peace settlement, the people of El Paso would be seeing columns of US armoured vehicles rolling from Fort Bliss in El Paso across the Mexican border for a shock and awe intervention.

By the US and Ukraine after 7 years not putting into action the Minsk agreement and seeking to speed up Ukraine into NATO with potential of US Ballistic weaponry placed on Russia’s border effectively killed the Minsk agreement in Russia’s eyes.

In the final days in February 2022 before Russia’s intervention President Joe Biden played an agressive hand in negations with Putin, seeking to continue to accelerate Ukraine into NATO and putting less effort into enacting the Minsk agreement with Ukraine who were dragging their heals in enacting this agreement.
It was looking more likely Ukraine were going to accepted into NATO before resolving the conflict in Donbas, which would see US NATO weapons roll into Donbas on Russia’s border.
Ukraine have pursued such an agressive push to be in NATO that in April 2021 the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said that the country may opt to construct nuclear weapons to defend against Russia in case it is not accepted into NATO.
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After 8 years of the conflict in Donbas and 7 years of US Ukraine inaction on the Minsk agreement Russia took action on what it saw to secure its border national security.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own
Darrell Egan:Contributing Writer in The Sydney Post.Contributing journalist with the Australian Independent Media


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