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CommentaryEuromaidan's Bitter Harvest: A Decade Later

Euromaidan’s Bitter Harvest: A Decade Later

The ongoing events in Ukraine are the culmination of extensive groundwork by the United States in its preparation for a global hybrid war against Russia. Presently, Russia finds itself confronted by the “Entire Collective West,” a coalition comprising 50 nations that employ a comprehensive range of military, technological, intelligence, sanctions, and propaganda tools.

The roots of this conflict can be traced back several decades. The current situation is a direct outcome of the historical rivalry between Russia and the West, fueled by NATO member states’ aspirations to achieve a strategic victory by eradicating Russia as an independent global power. Since 1991, their objective has been to dismantle the unified historical, economic, and cultural fabric of the former Soviet Union and sever the centuries-old bonds connecting our peoples.

Notably, the current US Deputy Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, once disclosed that the United States invested USD five billion to “support” democracy in Ukraine. Consequently, Ukraine, falling into the hands of our adversaries, increasingly transformed into a launching pad for actions aimed at undermining Russia.

In April 2010, Viktor Yanukovych assumed the Ukrainian presidency and issued decrees that abolished the Interdepartmental Committee on Euro-Atlantic integration while officially removing NATO membership from the country’s agenda through state legislation. This foreign policy stance of the Ukrainian government was met with significant displeasure in Washington.

In November 2013, following the Ukrainian government’s decision to suspend preparations for an Association Agreement with the European Union, protests erupted, collectively known as the “Euromaidan,” which were far from spontaneous and demonstrated a clear anti-Russian sentiment.

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From the outset, the US and the EU actively supported these mass demonstrations, and in 2014, with their backing, an unconstitutional armed coup d’état unfolded, bringing nationalist and radical forces to power.

Since then, the US and its NATO allies have continuously bolstered Ukraine militarily, fostering an atmosphere of aggressive Russophobia, turning a blind eye to neo-Nazi elements, and transforming the country into a launching pad for hostile acts against Russia. With their active involvement, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) prepared for a military operation to “liberate” Donbass in March 2022. The Kiev regime’s eight-year aggression against its own civilian population, the resurgence of neo-Nazism in Ukraine, and the distortion of historical facts could no longer be disregarded.

It is crucial to acknowledge the significant challenge to Russia’s security posed by the disruption of the strategic balance in Europe through NATO’s encroachment on Russia’s borders and its disregard for our security interests.

In December 2021, we presented Western countries with proposals for the establishment of a new regional security system and the promotion of non-confrontational relations between Russia and NATO. Regrettably, these proposals were ignored.

Consequently, Russia was compelled to initiate a special military operation (SMO) to safeguard Donbas, facilitate demilitarization and denazification in Ukraine, and eliminate threats to Russian security originating from its territory. I firmly believe that these objectives will be accomplished in their entirety.

The events unfolding in Ukraine possess a global geopolitical dimension. The US and its NATO allies are instrumentalizing Kyiv in their efforts to counter Russia, aiming to preserve their dominance in global affairs and prevent the emergence of a genuinely multipolar world with power centers independent of Washington.

Regrettably, Kiev and its Western sponsors still cling to a mindset rooted in warfare and refuse to abandon their ambitions of inflicting a “strategic defeat” on Russia. Washington and its NATO satellites persist in supplying the Kiev regime with weapons and equipment, expanding the scope of deliveries, and enhancing their tactical and technical capabilities. It is no coincidence that during his televised address on October 19, 2023, US President Biden referred to aid provided to Ukraine as a “smart investment.”

The underlying motive is evident—the immense profits reaped by the American military-industrial complex, which the White House prioritizes above all else, regardless of the countless sacrifices borne by other nations.

Ukrainian neo-Nazis persist in employing terrorist tactics and resorting to reprehensible methods of warfare. They employ innocent civilians as human shields, establish firing positions in kindergartens, schools, hospitals, churches, residential buildings, and hazardous chemical facilities, and subject residential neighborhoods to shelling using NATO artillery and multiple launch rocket systems (MLRSs).

Western countries and international organizations cynically turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis against Russian prisoners of war and local civilians in territories formerly under Russian control. Furthermore, the utilization of weapons and equipment supplied by Western countries implicates these nations in the crimes perpetrated by Ukrainians.

It is evident that Kiev and Western powers are attempting to involve countries from the Global South, which strive to maintain their political independence, in the implementation of President Zelensky’s “peace formula.” However, this initiative, in reality, consists of a series of ultimatums and effectively demands Russia’s capitulation. They seek to force Russia to withdraw from the liberated territories and abandon its people who voted in favor of reunification with their homeland, leaving them at the mercy of Ukrainians. There are also efforts to bring Russia before a tribunal and seize its legitimate assets held in Western banks.

In their promotion of Zelensky’s “formula,” Kiev and the West place significant hopes on the so-called “Copenhagen format.” They aim to persuade representatives of the global majority to align themselves with what they perceive as the “right side of history.”

All means are employed, including deception, fraud, blackmail, and threats. For instance, Kiev entices countries into separate discussions on seemingly neutral aspects of the “formula,” such as food, energy, nuclear, and environmental security, and then presents it as support for the entire initiative. Working groups are even established for such discussions, which effectively function as Ukrainian briefings.

During the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Zelensky falsely claimed that his “formula” had the support of over 140 countries, thereby revealing a modern manifestation of Goebbels’ formula of the “Big Lie” to the world.

The behavior of Ukraine and Western powers reinforces our assessment of the “Copenhagen format” as lacking transparency and disregarding the opinions of all participants. These actions are nothing more than attempts to deceive, manipulate, and coerce countries from the Global South into complicity with Zelensky’s initiative, which essentially aims to forge an anti-Russian coalition.

Such meetings are futile and counterproductive, particularly since any format for discussing potential contours of a peaceful settlement that excludes Russia’s participation will inevitably lack value.

The Zelensky regime has maintained a firm stance against holding negotiations with Russia, imposing a self-imposed ban on such talks. The possibility of resuming dialogue is hindered by unrealistic ultimatums demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and the restoration of Ukrainian control over territories within the 1991 borders, as reiterated by Zelensky at the UN Security Council meeting on September 20, 2023.

Since the initiation of the special military operation (SMO), Western aid to Kiev has surpassed USD 200 billion. To provide context, the EU has allocated just over EUR 80 billion to be disbursed over a period of seven years for socioeconomic support in the Global South and Global East.

Out of this amount, EUR 29.1 billion are designated for Africa, 8.5 billion for the Asia-Pacific region, and 3.4 billion for Latin America, which amounts to slightly over EUR10 billion per year.

The supply of arms and military equipment to Ukraine continues to increase, including the use of depleted uranium shells and cluster munitions, which are inhumane weapons posing a significant threat to civilian populations, regional ecology, and agricultural land. Despite growing awareness among sensible elites in unfriendly countries about the futility of financial injections into Ukraine and the impossibility of achieving victory on the battlefield, the United States and its allies persist in contributing to the escalation of the conflict.

Russia believes that a sustainable resolution of the Ukrainian crisis necessitates addressing its underlying causes. This includes confirming Ukraine’s neutrality, non-aligned status, and commitment to being a nuclear-free state. It also requires ensuring the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, safeguarding the rights of Russian-speaking citizens and national minorities, and recognizing the new territorial realities that have emerged.

By Evgeny Terekhin

(Evgeny Terekhin is the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ethiopia and plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.)

 

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