NATO, RUSSIA, UKRAINE HISTORY
Another Crimean War? Why Ukraine… RUSSIA and BLACK SEA, January 24, 2022
After a long period of domination by Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, and Russia, we did not see a fully independent Ukraine until late in the last century. In size, Ukraine is second only to Russia on the European continent. Between 1921-1991, Ukraine was part of the U.S.S.R. Today, around one-quarter of the people living in Ukraine are ethnic Russians — and this matters because Russia and Ukraine are in a state of war. (..)
In 1990, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) involved fifteen countries of Eastern Europe comprising more than 8.6 million square miles. The largest of these was Russia. The next largest Soviet Republic was Ukraine. When the U.S.S.R. collapsed in 1991, its fifteen separate republics declared their independence, and Russia lost most of its regional influence, particularly in the area of the Black Sea.
Bulgaria and Romania not only became independent nations, but they also joined the alliance of western European states known as NATO. Worse for Russia, Georgia and Ukraine announced their intent to follow suit, and Turkey began to cultivate relationships with former Soviet republics, mainly Moslem and Turkic speaking countries, including Ukraine and Crimea (an autonomous state of Ukraine).
Within two decades, Russia began to feel the pressure of encroaching NATO states in the area of the Black Sea, significant because 15 buffer states no longer protected the Russian heartland. When Georgia attempted to join the NATO alliance in 2008, Russia engineered a breakaway effort among ethnic Ossetians and then used those disturbances as a pretense for military intervention.
Similarly, Russia had no intention of allowing Ukraine to join the NATO alliance or control its access to the Black Sea region. Consequently, in 2014, Russia invaded portions of Ukraine and seized and annexed the Crimean Peninsula for the second time. More here: https://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2022/01/24/another-crimean-war/#comments
Linguistic Map of Ukraine source here: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ethnolingusitic_map_of_ukraine.png
Is NATO the New Bully in Town?
1-24-22, * -- In light of the current situation in Ukraine, I think the U.S. State Dept is inept. [..]
After 1992 did anyone stop to consider that the Russian Federation lost half of its population, that its economy was in shambles and that every Russian leader after Gorbachev would have to spend a great deal of their time addressing these and related issues at home? Should the “free world” have welcomed Russia to their new era rather than blame them for the 72 or so years of communism? Isn’t that much like living in the past at the expense of the present and future? [..]
One criticism of the U.S. military between 1960 and 2001 was that it had lost sight that Russia was no longer the global threat that it once was under the Soviet Union it collapsed in 1991.
Is this what we Americans are paying for? If so then none of us should be surprised by the perilous situation in Ukraine. Russia has legitimate concerns — and we ought to at least listen to what they are.
*Excerpted and adapted full original report by ‘Mustang’ here https://bunkerville.wordpress.com/2022/01/25/is-nato-the-new-bully-in-town/
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Isaiah 26:3; Philippines 4:6
7-8-21-21, Israel has only 8000 square miles of land - the Muslims have 5 million. Yet, they also want the Jews land. Of all the nations of the world, the Lord chose the descendants of Jacob [Jews], not Ishmael [Muslims], to be His covenant people - the descendants of Abraham and wife Sarah. (Genesis 17:19-21; Malachi 1:1–5).
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
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