Why, indeed, did Russia INVADE Ukraine, a peaceful benign bucolic country with blue skies and sunflowers? ? On the other hand, why only some lives matter which are "European", but the lives of Donbas civilians, 1400 and counting, who have been killed since 2008, matter nothing? They simply do not exist. There was no documenting, no reporting, no witness, no articles, no films, no people screaming? Yes? Putin invaded a country in peace, Donbas is a "land without people", like Crimea is the land without people, and every other place where people were resisting globalization and nazification, are simply territory for you, without human beings? No human beings in Crimea as well?
So this is what happened prior to Russian intervention and why it had no choice.
Upon "final solution" implemented by Ukraine on Donbas civilians, Russia had no choice, and indeed, that would be recognized in case of any other country. The timeline:
February 8, 2022:
"Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Monday refused direct negotiations with rebels in the east of the country.
Speaking during a news briefing with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Kuleba said the direct talks with representatives of rebel-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk are not included in the Minsk agreements brokered by France, Germany and Russia in 2015.
Kuleba added that any conversations with these rebels would allow Russia to transform itself from the party of the conflict to the mediator by insisting on the direct talks.
Earlier on Tuesday Kuleba said that Ukraine has received more than 1,000 tons of military aid worth around 1.5 billion US dollars."
"On 17 February, President Joe Biden announced that Russia would attack Ukraine in the next few days.
But the day *before*, on the 16th of February, the artillery shelling of the population of Donbas increased dramatically, as the daily reports of the OSCE observers show. From a few dozen shells to around 300 on the 16th, over 600 on the 17th, 1400 on the 18th, and an average of 1200 per day until the 22nd. Two days before Russia moved in.
On 23 February, the two Republics finally asked for military assistance from Russia.
These barrages were an invitation for war.
“If he decided to intervene, Putin could invoke the international obligation of “Responsibility To Protect” (R2P). But he knew that whatever its nature or scale, the intervention would trigger a storm of sanctions. Therefore, whether Russian intervention were limited to the Donbas or went further to put pressure on the West for the status of the Ukraine, the price to pay would be the same. This is what he explained in his speech on February 21.
On that day, he agreed to the request of the Duma and recognized the independence of the two Donbas Republics and, at the same time, he signed friendship and assistance treaties with them.”
“On 24 February, Putin invoked Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, which provides for mutual military assistance in the framework of a defensive alliance.
In order to make the Russian intervention totally illegal in the eyes of the public we deliberately hid the fact that the war actually started on February 16.”
On February 27, the Ukrainian government agreed to enter into negotiations with Russia.
But a few hours later, the European Union voted a budget of 450 million euros to supply arms to the Ukraine, adding fuel to the fire.
From then on, the Ukrainians felt that they did not need to reach an agreement. The resistance of the Azov militia in Mariupol even led to a boost of 500 million euros for weapons (March).
“Western ministers who seek to collapse the Russian economy and make the Russian people suffer, or even call for the assassination of Putin, show (even if they have partially reversed the form of their words, but not the substance!) that our leaders are no better than those we hate—for sanctioning Russian athletes in the Para-Olympic Games or Russian artists has nothing to do with fighting Putin.”
A week after the assassination calls, the New York Times also allowed a sinister opinion piece “How do we deal with a Superpower led by a war criminal?” (NYT, Thomas Friedman, 10/04/22)
Let us remember that collective punishment is forbidden by the Geneva Conventions.