Year nine in the Ukraine war

A sign warning of the presence of mines is seen on the side of the road in Kamyanka, a village on the outskirts of Izium, a city in Ukraine's northeast, on February 19. The brutality of the invasion in this one-time strategic supply hub for Russian troops is regarded as among the most horrific in the war. [Vadim Ghirda/AP]

We are not at the one-year anniversary of the war, as Western governments and media claim. This is the nine-year anniversary of the war. And that makes a big difference.

The war began with the violent overthrow of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014, a coup that was overtly and covertly backed by the United States government in the service of NATO expansion. During his presidency (2010-2014), Yanukovych sought military neutrality, precisely to avoid a civil or proxy war in Ukraine. But this stood in the way of NATO enlargement to Ukraine and Georgia that the US had pushed for from 2008 onward.

We must keep this relentless drive towards NATO expansion in context. The US and Germany explicitly and repeatedly promised Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not enlarge "one inch eastward" after Gorbachev disbanded the Soviet military alliance...

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