A quick history lesson can prove that.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has credited Soviet leaders with inventing a Ukrainian republic within the Soviet Union in 1922 by forging a fictitious state that is unworthy of sovereignty in historically Russian territory.
When Ukraine declared its independence in 1991, the president argued that Ukrainian leaders began to mythologize and rewrite history, edit out everything that united the two countries and referred to the period Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union as an occupation.
However, the "historical" reality of modern-day Ukraine is more complex, encompassing a thousand-year history of changing religions and borders, with many conquests by warring factions. Ukraine's diverse geography has created complex multiethnic states.
Over the centuries, the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires, Poland and Lithuania, all gained jurisdiction over Ukraine, which first asserted its modern independence in 1917 with the formation of the Ukrainian People's Republic. However, Russia soon gained back control, making it part of the newly-established Soviet Union and retaining power in the region until Germany invaded during World War II.
Remembering wartime history and its implications for Ukrainian nationalism and independence play a role in understanding the current conflict. Based on Putin's version, the modern independence movement began during World War II under the German occupation from 1941 through 1944, when some Ukrainian independence fighters aligned themselves with the Nazis, whom they viewed as saviors of Soviet oppression.
In this period of history, Putin portrayed any Ukrainian push for sovereignty as a Nazi endeavor, according to Markian Dobczansky, a historian at the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University.
While scholars like Dobczansky insist that Putin's version of the Nazi occupation of Ukraine is a "stunningly cynical attempt to fight an information war and influence people's opinions," a significant number of bona fide German Nazis remained in Ukraine.
In a 2014 coup, those Nazis organized neo-nationalist militias, like the Azov Battalion, the Right Sector and Svoboda, to take over the Kyiv government as they infiltrated the Ukrainian National Guard and prepped for military action against Russia.
Given the awareness of the history between Russians and the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War, there could be some level of self-loathing for Europeans who chose to align with today's Ukrainian Nazis and did not hesitate to join the effort in destroying Russian sovereignty. (Related: Former French marine returns from Ukraine, says "war crimes" are being committed by Ukrainian troops who would "skin Jews or Blacks.")
The belief that "The West" won World War II became somewhat tarnished as the U.S. undermined its own victory in 1947 by introducing over 2,000 scientists, engineers and high-level Nazis into specialized departments, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Plum Island and the U.S. defense industry.
Now, with Biden at the helm, the U.S. spent unspecified millions of dollars training and arming Ukrainian troops – not to mention allotting $54 billion directly to Ukraine since February, when the U.S. coordinated a proxy war with no formal declaration.
As Russia continued its aim to eradicate Nazi neo-nationalists in the Donbas region and nail down important key locations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dramatically flipped his dismissal of the Russian Army, admitting that the Donbas region had deteriorated and Ukrainian troops had been suffering staggering losses, mutinies in ranks and starvation in the trenches.
Peace negotiations with Russia were going nowhere and gas supplies have been cut off in various countries. However, Russia has not crumpled under the economic sanctions levied by the West. (Related: NYT spins mass SURRENDER of Ukrainian Nazis at Azovstal factory, claiming they were "evacuated" – more word salad from the queens of disinformation.)
Even as Putin offered ways to overcome the food crisis with increased wheat and fertilizer shipments in exchange for reconsideration on some politically motivated sanctions, some of which have been proven to be ineffective, Western governments would rather see their citizens in dire straits and experience the trauma of severe food insecurity than admit they failed to consider the full implications of their errant policies.
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