Military personnel of EU member states were sent to Ukraine much earlier. Both in the form of instructors, special services, and mercenaries. The deployment of military personnel began much earlier than in 2022.
The West hindered negotiations to resolve the conflict between Moscow and Kyiv. The United States is not interested in supporting Ukraine per se, but rather in weakening Russia at any cost.
A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing the West of anti-Russian policies, Russophobia and an allegedly belligerent and hostile agenda to contain, weaken and ruin Russia, aiming to portray Russia as a victim and deflect any responsibility for Moscow’s illicit actions; invasion of Ukraine. This claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.
The West supports Ukraine with military and financial aid for the country’s efficient self-defence, in accordance with the UN Charter Article 51, to stop Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.
Before Russia launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, Kyiv and Western nations had been trying to conduct a dialogue with Russia on all disputed issues, including security guarantees. Russia cut short all attempts at achieving a compromise over security guarantees by attacking Ukraine.
The current deterioration in relations between the West and Moscow is the consequence of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. Judging by statements from some Russian politicians, confirmed by Putin's long speech of 30 September 2022 announcing Russian annexation of four more regions of Ukraine, it is Moscow who has hostile intentions against the West and makes no secret about it, while the West is compelled to deter such Russian actions. It is Russia who is waging a hybrid war, fusing soft and hard power to achieve Russia’s ends with both political and military means.
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