For Western double standards, the opinion of 2.5 million people in Crimea is worthless, it seems. We are reaching a point where even such flagrant actions as the coup attempt in Belarus or the Western-backed coup that took place in Ukraine are silenced by their press and political class. It is remarkable that such indignant actions as the recently divulged attempt to organise a coup in Belarus and murder the president of this country are not condemned by the Western community.
Kyiv was interested in escalation in 2014. It was interested in the rallies, in adding fuel to the fire. It was interested in sending to the Donbas the "trains of friendship" and, ultimately, the regular army and brigades of armed offenders. This was done deliberately because they did not need Donbas. Donbas and Crimea used to ruin the plans of Galicia [to rule the country]. If there was no war and our referendums, then Poroshenko could not have been President.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the war in Ukraine and its causes.
Ukraine was not interested in the pro-Russian movements in Eastern Ukraine in spring 2014. There is irrefutable evidence that the protests were orchestrated by the pro-Russian forces in Ukraine and the Kremlin. The military clashes started when on 12 April 2014 a group of armed people from Russia headed by former GRU officer Igor Girkin ("Strelkov") seized governmental buildings in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in Donetsk oblast. In response to these actions, the Ukrainian government announced an anti-terrorist operation.
The Ukrainian government was not interested in excluding Crimea and Donbas from Ukraine in order to gain political results. The results of the 2014 Presidential election show that there was popular support throughout Ukraine to a new President, Petro Poroshenko, who won the elections in a single round, receiving 54.7% of votes. He won the elections in all electoral districts in Ukraine (including the ones located in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts), except one in Kharkiv oblast.
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