We must take the lion’s share of the responsibility for what has happened. President George H. W. Bush and Secretary James Baker promised Gorbachev that NATO would never expand to Russia’s borders (in exchange for the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR). However, that is exactly what happened. Then followed the “color revolutions”/coups d’état in Tbilisi, Kiev, etc., with the instrumentality and complicity of international finance and US agents on the ground (read Victoria Nuland, etc.) which only intensified the legitimate Russian mistrust and hostility.
The turning point for Russia was the removal of a legitimately elected, pro-Russia Ukrainian president by a US-fostered coup in Kiev in February 2014 and his replacement by a hand-picked US henchman, followed by the intensification of the Ukrainian government’s widespread persecution of the Russian majority in the eastern regions of the Donbas… followed by a dramatic uptick in that anti-Russian persecution in the Donbas in late 2021 and early 2022.
Author Ben Abelow succinctly describes what followed in his excellent handbook How the West Brought War to Ukraine. That short volume is strongly endorsed by authorities such as Profs. John Mearsheimer and Paul Robinson, Ambassador Jack Matlock and others, and remains an excellent text on the conflict.The four horsemen of the Apocalypse are ineluctably and fearlessly propelling us towards nuclear Armageddon – ECD1 / TCO1