Michael2 18 Aug 2023 #1Let me explain the true causes of the current war between Russia and Ukraine. I believe the EU, US and NATO bear no guilt for the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine in 2014, but Russia does, as Russia has been interfering into Ukraine's internal affairs since 1991 and made preparations and plans for a war against Ukraine from 2005, long before Euromaidan took place in late 2013.Frequent interference by Russia into Ukraine's internal affairs (for example, in Ukraine's previous elections and in preserving past artificial Russification of Ukraine) since 1991 and especially in 2013 and early 2014 seeking to undermine Ukraine's sovereignty, economy, identity (Ukrainian culture, religion, language) and territorial integrity led to the war between Russia and Ukraine from 2014 until now.All competent politicians know that Russia started the war against Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in 2014 to subjugate Ukraine again, to establish a new Russian Empire to dominate the world, against democratic values and interests of the EU, US, UK, and against International Law. So Russia just seeks to conquer and to subjugate Ukraine again as well as other nations to establish a new Russian Empire to dominate the world as much as possible.Falsifying Ukraine's history Russian officials often claim Russia's right to rule and control Ukraine in all respects as if Ukraine still were a part of Russia. Also, Putin's Russia claims the right to decide for other nations, in particular for Ukraine and other post-Soviet states on their security policies.Ukraine, as a sovereign European country, has the right to join the EU and NATO in the future if certain requirements are met. Russia can't have a veto over the decision of Ukraine to join the EU and NATO. Other post-communist countries that joined the EU and NATO in the recent past did so according to the wishes of their citizens. Most Ukrainian people (because of their horrible past experiences with Russian imperialism) don't want to be under Russian rule again or in any union with Russia, and they and the Ukrainian government support Ukraine's close association with the EU and eventual membership of Ukraine in the EU and NATO.NATO as a defensive military and security alliance is not a threat to Russia armed with a much bigger arsenal of weapons of mass destruction than EU countries have.Ukraine is the victim of the criminal Russian invasion and Russia is the aggressor.Russia has annexed about 18% of the Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia, refuses to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine and continues the war to conquer more Ukrainian territory. Therefore the EU, UK and US governments must provide Ukraine with the necessary sophisticated weapons to destroy and to drive Russian troops out of Ukraine as the only way for Ukraine to get its territory back and to remain a sovereign country. Negotiations with Russia for over 9 years have led to nothing and are senseless, as Russia tries to impose its will on Ukraine through this war. Russian demands are aimed at badly harming Ukraine's interests on vital issues for Ukraine. In fact, Russia demands that Ukraine yield at least Crimea and southeastern regions of Ukraine to Russia and that Ukraine as a European country (out of its own will) not join the EU and NATO in the future (thus become isolated from the EU and NATO), demilitarize (become militarily defenceless against Russian military superiority), with no effective international security guarantees for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, become a puppet of Russia and then a part of Russia like Belarus has become in practice, and accept Russia's rule over Ukraine. No nation in Ukraine's place would accept any of those outrageous and highly harmful Russian demands for Ukraine.