Ask 100 People and also you’ll be fortunate to search out even one who’s ever heard of Minsk II. However ask those self same People how the Ukraine warfare began, and also you’ll seemingly get “Russian President Putin awakened someday and determined to re-establish the Soviet empire, beginning with Ukraine.”
That’s as a result of our authorities and its slavishly loyal media have created a false narrative for optimum propaganda to help pouring billions in weaponry into the Ukraine warfare zone, guaranteeing that loss of life and destruction will proceed endlessly.
Minsk II was the 2015 settlement hammered out by Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany to finish the civil warfare in Ukraine between the professional west, extremely nationalist authorities and the professional Russian Ukrainians within the jap Donbas provinces of Lugansk and Donetsk.
Why a civil warfare in Ukraine? Traditionally, Ukraine was cobbled collectively first by the Russian Empire, then the Soviet Union over 4 centuries, containing disparate peoples. The primary ones had been the Western leaning, Ukrainian talking folks within the north and west, and the Russian talking within the east and south.
Their relationship was at all times poisonous, however underneath Soviet rule relative peace prevailed. As soon as free of Soviet rule in 1999, the strain between the 2 disparate teams resurfaced. Fifteen years on the U.S. basically blew up no matter probability for peaceable decision by aiding a coup which violently eliminated Russian leaning President Yanukovych, changing him with an extremely nationalist authorities underneath Petro Poroshenko.
Thus started the civil warfare within the Donbas that has killed over 14,000 Ukrainians in Kiev’s effort to subjugate and marginalize the hated Russian leaning Ukrainians. And main the carnage for the previous 3 years is present president Volodymyr Zelensky. Calling him the brand new Churchill doesn’t fairly match.
However Ukraine had an off ramp from civil warfare early on within the type of the Minsk after which the Minsk II agreements in 2014 and 2015. The latter known as for autonomy for the breakaway provinces Donetsk and Lugansk, amnesty to the combatants and illustration within the Ukraine authorities.
However goaded by the US and the extremely nationalists with the actual energy, each submit coup presidents Poroshenko and Zelensky opted to proceed the civil warfare to each retake the breakaway provinces and recapture the Crimea, seized by Russia after the 2014 coup threatened their naval base at Sebastopol within the Crimea.
Within the months main as much as Russia’s felony warfare, Ukraine, with the assistance of weaponry and coaching by Uncle Sam, dramatically elevated its felony shelling of the Donbas, even massing 100 thousand troops for a attainable invasion predicted for March.
Did that, and the specter of NATO’s encroachment in Ukraine as much as Russia’s borders make Russia’s invasion authorized or essential for Russia’s nationwide protection? In fact not. However anticipating Russia would sit again and do nothing made their invasion nearly inevitable.
On February 24, that inevitability occurred, costing 1000’s of mindless deaths, placing the world at risk of worldwide recession, tens of millions of poor worldwide going through hunger from meals shortages and worst of all….nuclear warfare.
Hundreds of thousands of phrases have been spilled by our authorities and our media framing this warfare because the madman within the Kremlin and his desires of a reconstituted Soviet empire. However they might do higher with simply two phrases that Ukraine and US refused to honor and implement: Minsk II.
Walt Zlotow turned concerned in antiwar actions upon getting into College of Chicago in 1963. He’s present president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based mostly within the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs day by day on antiwar and different points at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.