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Addition: I don't think it was a civilizational war on 2/2/2022. A rational politician would have admitted that Eastern Ukraine is culturally Russian and that Western Ukraine has its own identity and should remain what it was. But the underground of Eastern Ukraine is too rich and our greedy politicians fell for it.
by Tom2 on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 07:13:21 AM EST
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This, too... would be an interesting diary, but would require supporting material.

Possible subjects :

  • was the decisive Russian intervention in the Donbass war, starting in August 2014, an opportunistic resource grab? Or do similar resources exist on both sides of the border?
  • are these resources important enough for the Ukrainian republic to risk a frontal war with Russia over?
  • or did our greedy politicians (which ones?) skilfully manoeuvre both the Ukrainians AND the Russians into going to war, with the expectation that Ukraine would win, and that they would reap the benefits?

I don't have a good enough understanding of the natural resources of the area to contribute much, but I can learn.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Apr 13th, 2022 at 01:39:10 PM EST
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