Russia claim to be protecting Donetsk and Luhansk should be understood

Photo from Stringer/Anadolu Agency: An examples of the widespread celebrations across Donetsk and Luhansk on 21 February 2022

Contributed by Joe Montero

The war hawks are now shouting the Russia has finally invaded Ukraine. This is not true, and part of the continuing barrage of lies over the unfolding situation there.

Some troops have moved into Donetsk and Luhansk. These are regions populated by ethnic Russians, which and broke Ukraine over domestic issues. Then there was the internationally brokered Minsk Protocol, which has been ignored and not implemented.

Note that Donetsk and Luhansk are parts of the larger ethnic Russian majority Donbas region to which both sides lay claim

The Minsk Protocol was to lead to eventual re-integration with Ukraine. Instead, there have physical been attacks on the population from Ukraine’s side, and these have been escalating in recent days.

Whether one accepts or rejects the sudden Russian recognition of the independence of this region and Russia’s response to a call for protection from Ukraine guns as valid, it remains, there is a history here. It’s not as simple as a one-sided invasion for no cause.

Sceptics should be made aware of the context of the 22014 coup that led to the present crisis. Its spearhead was the Nazi and western backed Azov Battalion, made up of a collection of a collection of Ukraine and members of Nazi groups and sympathisers form around the world. To them, the Russians are the equivalent of the Jews in the Third Reich, and they have maintained their attacks on ethnic Russian populated Donetsk and Luhansk, except now, in the name of the National Guard of Ukraine. The Azov Battalion is now the elite of the Ukraine’s armed forces, and it is still a Nazi force.

Is it any wonder that target is asking for protection?

Reports published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have connected the Azov Battalion to war crimes such as mass looting, unlawful detention, and torture.

But our political leaders deliberately keep this from the public. They do so because they have a motive other than what they will openly admit, and this is to use the tension to continue the encirclement of Russia. Even Ukraine’s independence is not the issue. Using the territory as a western sphere of interest and even military base against Russia is the main game.

The Australian government led by Scott Morrison is colluding in. It will come home to bight.

Photo from the Australian: Scott Morrison is making Australia part of the problem

For example, Germany’s sudden blocking of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe will cause a significant rise in prices and push a sceptical population even further offside.

Australia may nor be as directly in line as Europe is but risks losing trade deals with major trading partners. Russia will move even closer to China and start taking Australia’s placed as a supplier of mineral resources and other, along with many of the 130 nations involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

The key to resolving the crisis is recognise the legitimate concerns of both Ukraine and Russia, and this means upholding the principles of the United Nations Charter. This means taking the matter to the United Nations for its determination. Instead of this a few western powers with a handful of hangers on have chosen to bypass the United Nations and take unilateral action. This is a violation of the United Nations Charter to which they are signatories. Australia is also violating the United Nations Charter.

The truth is that most of the world is not on board and the imposition of sanctions and resurgence old style western colonial attitudes will lead to one outcome. Much of the world will have greater incentive to move towards a new trading block around a China-Russia core. This is already shaping up, and the losers will be the western powers and those nations that tie their fortunes to them.

The only way to stop this is through war. One aspect of Ukraine’s crisis is that it is being used as a proxy for this war. This poses the real risk of a world war. Those who want to bring it on should consider that with modern armaments in the hands of both sides, it would be much worse than World War Two. Civilisation as we know it will be destroyed.

Only a fool would want to go down this road.

Our leaders are gambling on Russia backing down This won’t happen. Remember, they lost far more than any other nation in the last world war, and they are not going to willingly fall under the yoke of the United States and those who follow in its camp.

It’s time to pull away from the brink

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