No Russia tried to stop Ukraine joining the EU and then potentially NATO. In polls before this happened well over 80% of Ukrainians were in favour of EU membership, this situation was intolerable for Putin who told his corrupt 'poodle' Yanukovych to do a complete U turn against the wishes of his people. The rest as they say is historyToday it is the West being led by the USA who tried to get the Ukraine to pull away from Russia or else none of the present hostilities would have happened.
As it is in the Ukraine the USA has no business with interfering there.
I realize that the USA has been pressuring and bribing the former Soviet Republics into joining the Western alliance and NATO which meant that the USA was instigating the hostilities with Russia and now that hostility has blossomed.
Honestly I believe that if our USA's petty efforts were to succeed then Russia would launch a first strike against us - and rightly so.
Fortunately for me is that I feel much safer by knowing our fate rest in the competent hands of their President Putin instead of the worries I have from our own American war mongers getting us all killed.
SIGNATURE: JP Cusick
Mr. Know-it-all, sir.
BS . They could have done that 20 years ago against no resistance whatsoeverI realize that the USA has been pressuring and bribing the former Soviet Republics into joining the Western alliance and NATO which meant that the USA was instigating the hostilities with Russia and now that hostility has blossomed.
Let me just stop you there. Putin is the gangster in chief of a gangster oligarchy so to equate that with any sort of moral equivalency to the west is laughable franklyFortunately for me is that I feel much safer by knowing our fate rest in the competent hands of their President Putin
Pro-western parties could win elections in Ukraine only after revolutions and coups. Meanwhile pro-Russian parties and presidents won always when elections took place in peaceful environment.
For example, Leonid Kuchma, who was considered as "pro-Russian", won elections twice in 1994 and in 1999.
Viktor Yuschenko, the pro-western candidate, could become the president only after "Orange revolution" of 2004, virtually the same kind of "maidan" when pro-western opposition did not recognize the results and led their supporters to Maidan first time. Then authorities gave in and agreed to hold the so-called "third round" of elections that was violation of law and election procedures.
But in 2010 Viktor Yanukovich, the "evil pro-Russian candidate" wins again.
In 2014 pro-western powers win again. And again after violence and revolution. Now through blood and deaths. Turchinov was declared the president by parliament that was again violation of law. In extraordinary elections, after Yanukovich was expelled, all pro-Russian parties were supressed and many simply refused to take part in election due to safety reasons, Poroshenko has won. By the way, that was the lowest voters' turnout for all presidential elections in Ukraine.
The same picture is for parliament elections. The only once when pro-western powers won election for Rada is the war election of 2014. After violent seizer of power in the country.