Putin’s War on Ukraine Explained in 8 Minutes

A new explain­er from Vox:

On Feb­ru­ary 24th, Rus­sia launched a mil­i­tary inva­sion of Ukraine. Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin called it a “spe­cial mil­i­tary oper­a­tion,” but the scale of the attack shows this is a full-scale war that has already caused more than 100 casu­al­ties and forced more than half a mil­lion Ukraini­ans to flee their homes.

Ukraine and Russia’s con­flict goes back to 2014, when Rus­sia invad­ed and annexed Crimea and Russ­ian-backed sep­a­ratist forces took over parts of south­east­ern Ukraine’s Don­bas region. But to under­stand the full con­text behind the inva­sion, it’s impor­tant to go even far­ther back, to the time when Europe’s cur­rent-day divi­sions began, and see how that shaped Europe’s pow­er bal­ance today.

To under­stand the cur­rent conflict’s his­to­ry in less than 10 min­utes, watch the video above.

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  • Nate says:

    Only men­tions one side of the sto­ry, so not explained.

  • Peter Anastasia says:

    The so called con­flict did Not begin with the Russ­ian inva­sion and annex­a­tion of Crimea where the Rus­sians have a strate­gic naval base on the Black Sea and where the cit­i­zens are Russ­ian lean­ing. This arti­cle con­ve­nient­ly or delib­er­ate­ly leaves out for per­haps anti Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da that the demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed pro Russ­ian pres­i­dent of Ukraine had been vio­lent­ly over­thrown by Amer­i­can CIA backed Ukrain­ian neo Nazi’s that even­tu­al­ly slaugh­tered 14,000 Rus­sians liv­ing in the Don­bas region of south­ern Ukraine from 2014 until today. Why are there so many Amer­i­can bioweapon research labs fund­ed by the U.S. locat­ed in Ukraine? Why is the Ukraine an inter­na­tion­al hub for human sex traf­fick­ing? Would it have any­thing to do with the Amer­i­can pup­pet gov­ern­ment of Zelen­sky and the neo-Nazi regime In pow­er sup­port­ed by Amer­i­can impe­ri­al­is­tic inter­ests to install WMD’s on Russia’s bor­ders? Why is that OK but when the USSR tried to put mis­siles in Cuba in 1963 that was off the table and off lim­its? Dou­ble stan­dards and sheer hypocrisy maybe? Let that sink in for a few min­utes before lis­ten­ing to any more Amer­i­can cor­po­rate media and CIA spon­sored pro­pa­gan­da and cor­po­rate mind con­trol.

  • Rick Schroth says:

    WOW.. this is Russ­ian pro­pa­gan­da at its best!
    The les­son learned is that if I want your home .. I move in with my fam­i­ly.. kick you out and then claim squat­ters rights. If you come back with the author­i­ties .. well, my fam­i­ly and I will just hold a vote and say “Every­one in this house wants to stay and we should be in charge!’
    Author­i­ties ques­tion this? I just say it was a crack house with pros­ti­tu­tion before we got here .. no need to offer proof.. that’s what I say it is„ that’s what it is!!
    Yes .. it seems a very fine way to get a home.
    Next is the big­ger home down the street .. my rel­a­tives need some­where to live!!

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