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The US-led coup in Ukraine in February 2014 immediately began a Ukrainian offensive against its Russian-speaking population in the east. The Russian provinces then mobilized and declared their independence from Ukraine. This led to the first Donbass war in July, which ended (temporarily) in September 2014 with a ceasefire known as the Minsk Protocol.
Ukraine failed to honor this agreement, even though it was brokered by Germany and other Europeans. So the war continued, which one might call the second Donbass war, until the Minsk 2 agreement in February 2015. The provisions of Minsk 2 were ignored once again, and so the third Donbass war continued for the next seven years.
Russia was patient during this time. But when Ukraine stated its intention to join NATO, it became an existential issue for Russia. Russia could not allow Ukraine to allow NATO’s nuclear bases on the Russian border.
Finally, in 2022 Ukraine mobilized a large army and sent it to the Donbass region, not only to take back the territory but also to kill the Russian-speaking people there. Russia then intervened on February 24, 2022 in what has been termed the “Russian invasion.” The mainstream media, which is subservient to the Wicked Witch of the West, framed this as if the invasion was totally unprovoked and unjustified.
Here is a short history of events leading to the present situation given by Gonzalo Lira, a journalist from Chile living in Kharkiv (Ukraine). He is neither Ukrainian nor Russian but is just a seeker of truth.
If you are interested in hearing from a true front-line journalist covering the war, listen to Patrick Lancaster, who puts his life on the line to cover the actual stories on the ground.