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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

NATO is De Facto at War With Russia but is Using Ukraine as a Tool, US Scholar Says

© NATOSenior US administration official said that Ukraine's membership in NATO is not being considered by the alliance.
Senior US administration official said that Ukraine's membership in NATO is not being considered by the alliance. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.04.2022
NATO allies will discuss increasing arms deliveries to Ukraine when the bloc's ministers of foreign affairs meet on 6 and 7 April, NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg told the press on Tuesday. Does this mean the alliance is determined to fuel the conflict to the last Ukrainian?
"Everything about NATO is hypocritical," says Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. "They declare they are a 'peace alliance' yet their history is nothing but war. Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now Ukraine all reveal that NATO is in fact the pirate forces of corporate globalisation. NATO's job is to force submission to western corporate demands."
NATO's Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels this week will be focused on the Russian special operation launched on 24 February to demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine. According to the alliance's official website, the summit will be joined by foreign ministers from Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Georgia, and the European Union, and by NATO’s Asia-Pacific partners - Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, the secretary-general stated: "Allies are determined to provide further support to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, air-defence systems and other equipment."
Ukrainian soldiers examine destroyed Russian military vehicles following a battle in Bucha, close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, April 4, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.04.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Kiev's Bucha Provocation Aimed at Disrupting Peace Talks & Prolonging Conflict, Observers Say
Stoltenberg also mentioned Kiev's Bucha provocation: "We have all seen the horrific images of murdered civilians in Bucha and other places, controlled by the Russian military until a few days ago," he said, adding that "all the facts must be established." Previously, the Russian Defence Ministry debunked Kiev and mainstream media's "Bucha massacre" narrative showing that the incident was nothing but a gruesome false flag operation by the Ukrainian military and nationalists.
According to international observers, the Bucha provocation could be aimed at increasing weaponry supplies to Ukraine, torpedo the ongoing negotiations between Moscow and Kiev and prolong the conflict. Immediately after the incident, Poland's President Andrzej Duda called for more weapons to be sent to Ukraine.
For her part, British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, tweeted on 4 April: "We need to be tougher on Russia to ensure [Vladimir] Putin loses in Ukraine which means more weapons and more sanctions." The calls for increasing arms supplies are being made under the guise of "protecting democracy" in Ukraine.

"True democracy and expanding conflict do not match," says Gagnon. "They are opposites. This war in Ukraine would never have happened had US-NATO been willing to negotiate seriously with Russia's fair and sensible demands to stop NATO expansion, end the war games on Russia's doorstep, close down the new US missile launch bases in Romania and Poland [a Cuban missile crisis in reverse] and put in writing real security guarantees for Russia. But NATO was not interested in true security for anyone - except the US-NATO weapons industry that stands to make big profits from this war."

In mid-December 2021, Russia handed over draft security agreements which requested legal guarantees of NATO's non-expansion eastward and non-admission of Ukraine to the transatlantic alliance, among other matters. However, the US, the EU and NATO rejected core security provisions of the Russian drafts.
Russell Bentley, a volunteer fighter and blogger from the US in Donetsk People's Republic - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.04.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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What NATO does want is a protracted war, according to Gagnon: "NATO intends to create a 'festering sore' in Ukraine right along Russia's border," he says. "I'd not be at all surprised to see Poland sent into the war as well to help ensure this war widens."
The transatlantic alliance has a clear motive for bolstering bellicose sentiment within its ranks, according to the expert. NATO and its powerful defence contractors are benefiting from continued arms shipments to Ukraine, he notes. At the same time, "the agenda of demonising Moscow and stoking up instability along Russia's borders is clearly a key NATO goal," Gagnon stresses.

"These are all signs of a desperate western corporate system that is steadily losing economic and military domination of the planet," the expert says. "These corporate interests have made the determination that they must try to disrupt and take down Russia and China's flourishing agenda to create a multi-polar world that is outside the current Wall Street and Bank of England control."

Gagnon believes that the Russo-Ukrainian conflict is, in reality, a conflict between Russia and NATO, with the latter brazenly using Ukraine "as a tool to take the heat and suffer the damage and losses."
"This cynical ploy by the 'western alliance' reveals its deep hatred of true democracy and despite its howling concern about lost Ukrainian lives, in fact US-NATO does not for a minute care about any of the lives being lost on either side of this sad conflict," Gagnon says. "The US-NATO only wants power and control and is willing to burn any nation to the ground that stands in its way. We've witnessed this NATO 'modus operandi' repeatedly put into operation in recent years."
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