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Russia Annexing Crimea Was The First Step. Step Two Is Russia Interfering In Eastern Ukraine. Where Will It Stop?

ArmchairPoliticianUkraine, August 23, 2017, by Brad Peery, WWW.ArmchairPolitician.US, ArmchairPolitician.US@gmail.com

Ukrainian Leader Petro Peroshenko met with President Trump in June, 2017 to gain U.S. support in confronting Russian aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Trump, not mentioning the reform agenda, and anti-corruption efforts of Ukraine called the countries “strategic partners”. Following the forcible annexation of Crimea by Russia, in 2014 the Minsk Agreement was adopted by the U.N. The Minsk Agreement was designed to deliver a cease fire in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine and alleviate the war in that region. Russia continues to be actively involved in Donbas, despite U.S. sanctions that the U.S. has declared that will not be eliminated until Russia complies with the Minsk Agreement.

According to a Wall Street Journal article by James Marson, Vladislav Surkov, a powerful Russian advisor, was the Moscow point person in “in encouraging, organizing, and managing the pro-Russian separatists fighting Ukraine’s central government.” In the 2000’s he served as Putin’s chief of staff and helped design the Russian leader’s tightly controlled political system. He molded the leadership and structure of the separatists in the Donbas region to bring it under Moscow’s control.
*Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2017, by James Marson,
Kremlin Envoy Playing A Central Role in Eastern Ukraine

The history of Ukraine with Russia is of interest. Soon after the Bolsheviks seized control in immense, troubled Russia in November 1917. One of pre-war Russia’s most prosperous areas, the vast, flat Ukraine (the name can be translated as at the border or borderland) was one of the major wheat-producing regions of Europe as well as rich with mineral resources, including vast deposits of iron and coal. Ukraine proclaimed itself a republic within the structure of a federated Russia, then declaring its complete independence in January 1918. In 1922, Ukraine became one of the original constituent republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.); it would not regain its independence until the U.S.S.R.’s collapse in 1991. Ukraine has in the 19th century, its genesis as an independent country.

ArmchairPolitician.US Opinion:
Ukraine is seeking backing in Europe, and would undoubtedly like to become a member of NATO. It was a flashpoint for Russia when a Ukrainian leader who supported Russia, and was defeated.

The U.S. can show more support for Ukraine by increasing sanctions on Russia and supplying defensive weapons to Ukraine so they can engage with the Russian supplied, and organized separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

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