Conservative journalist Ben Swann outlined three major reasons why the United States’ involvement in Ukraine led to the current conflict between Russia and the West.

“You’re probably hearing a lot of calls about how the U.S. should get involved in what’s happening in Ukraine. Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but for that last 10 years the U.S. has been involved in Ukraine, and it’s [this] involvement that seems to have gotten us to this point,” said the Truth in Media founder.

1. The US interfered with Ukraine’s democracy

Swann said Ukraine “is not a bastion of freedom and democracy,” contrary to how it is shown in the media. “There is a lot going on there that does not represent democracy. Opposition leaders have been arrested [and] three different opposition TV stations have been shut down.”

He pointed out that the U.S. got involved after the democratic election of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, which led to his overthrow in 2014. “The U.S. helped foment a color revolution in order to overthrow the democratically elected leadership of Ukraine … [and] installed a puppet leader who would represent the West,” he explained.

Swann also mentioned the role of incumbent Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, who was posted to Ukraine during the Obama administration. “She was crucial, not only in overthrowing the existing Ukrainian government, but in selecting and installing its rabidly anti-Russian replacement,” he said. A leaked recording of her phone call with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt revealed that she was in favor of economist and lawyer Arseniy Yatsenyuk over former world champion boxer-turned Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko to replace the deposed Yanukovych.

2. The US goaded Ukraine into ignoring the Minsk agreements

Swann also mentioned the role of the Minsk agreements signed in the capital of Belarus, located north of Ukraine. “In 2014 and 2015, there were agreements between Russia and Ukraine about what to do [with] the Donbas region. These two agreements [stipulated] that the Donbas region would be returned to Kiev’s control, while ensuring the safety and rights of the area’s citizens,” he said.

However, the Truth in Media founder noted that Ukraine never bothered to implement the terms of the agreements. He added that the U.S. stepped into the scene again by telling the Ukrainian government to ignore the agreements and not to worry about them.

Days before he ordered the attack on Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) – both located in the Donbas region. He also signed decrees recognizing the sovereignty of the two people’s republics. “I consider it necessary to take a long-overdue decision: to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of [the] DPR and LPR,” the Russian leader said in a Feb. 21 speech. 

3. The US repeatedly mentioned Ukraine and Georgia’s NATO membership

Lastly, Swann quoted new cables from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released by WikiLeaks admitting that the agency was “actually enticing the Russians to take some kind of military action” by mentioning the possibility of Ukraine and Georgia joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

“Russia has continually asked the U.S. and NATO for a guarantee that Ukraine would not be given membership, [but] President [Joe] Biden himself has refused to do so,” the CIA cables stated.

“Ukraine and Georgia’s NATO aspirations not only touch a raw nerve in Russia, they engender serious concerns about the consequences for stability in the region. Not only does Russia perceive encirclement and efforts to undermine Russia’s influence in the region, but it also fears unpredictable and uncontrolled consequences – which would seriously affect Russian security interests.”

Putin himself acknowledged this provocation in his Feb. 21 speech declaring the independence of the DPR and LPR. He said: “Who is the main enemy for the U.S. and NATO? We know that too. It’s Russia. In NATO documents, our country is officially and directly declared the main threat to North Atlantic security.”

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