They engaged in repeated provocations in the weeks leading up to the invasion. Before they did this, the US warned that Russia would engage in false flags inside the Donbass to set the stage for war. Then the Ukrainians set about to engage in provocations in the Donbass, all which were denounced by the US as “Russian false flag.”
The aggressors were the Ukrainians.
They shot shells at Russia twice in the weeks before this started. They landed on open ground. That’s a casus belli. The US said it was a “Russian false flag.”
And they sent an expeditionary force in an armored car that invaded Russia and got five miles inside. The Russians took it out. It’s all on videotape. That’s obviously a casus belli right there. The US said it was a “Russian false flag.”
Ukrainians infiltrated Donbass and tried to blow up a gas pipe. There is footage of this. The US said it was a “Russian false flag.”
Ukrainian saboteurs threw a bomb into the main Donbass TV station. The US said it was a “Russian false flag.”
Ukrainian Special Forces blew up the car of a top Donbass general. The US said it was a “Russian false flag.”
Obviously they’ve been trying to provoke an invasion. That’s been their modus operandi for eight years. I was on Donbass groups with people who were deep in with the Donbass rebels and the Kremlin. From the very start they’ve been saying that the project is to bait Russia into invading Ukraine so they can drop the hammer on Russia. They said that Russia sees this as a trap that was set for them and was refusing to take the bait.
Russia finally took the bait and here we are.
You can also argue that Russia had a responsibility to protect ethnic Russians in the Donbass from the genocidal war waged against them by Ukies.
“Efforts to solve this peacefully should have been done before the war, but the chance is gone.”
Wake up already. The Russians and pro-Russians have been screaming to stop this war from starting for eight years now. That was what the Minsk Accords were all about. The Ukrainains have refused to implement the Minsk Accords they signed, possibly on orders from their American masters. The Ukrainians and NATO did everything possible to make sure this did not end peacefully.
The Ukrainians and NATO wanted this war. That’s why it’s happening right now. It could have easily been avoided, but the Ukrainians and NATO didn’t want it to end peacefully.