- Mar 22, 2022
It takes two to tango, and there are a lot of factors here. Both the Russians and the Americans are playing power games, however I feel bad for the average Ukrainian civilian.US and NATO have already escalated. It is time Russia start returning the favor. And by the way, it is time for you to stop thinking that Russia is the bad guy. It should be abundantly clear that US and NATO are the bad guys in this conflict.
For America it is a chance to permanantly confine Russia to their own borders in the European continent. For Russia it is a chance to solidify their grip on something they once had. For Ukraine it is a chance to stop Russian influence.
You could say that the Ukrainians should stop fighting, but can they afford to?
The Donbas region, economically speaking, is a region where a lot of industrial processes in Ukraine take place. There's also abundant deposit of oil and hydrocarbons, that if mined, would replace Russia as a gas supplier altogether.
You could also say that the Russians should stop fighting, but can they afford to?
Allowing Ukrainians to build their own gas and oil extraction(which so far hasn't been possible due to the DPR/LPR) would mean that they would certainly challenge Russia extensively in the hydrocarbon supply game, since they are closer to Europe(Russia's main buyer) - for a country like Russia which depends very much on cash recieved from selling oil and gas, this is not good at all.
You could also say that the Americans should stop lighting the fire, but can they afford to?
If the Russians are able to supply Europe with the Nord Stream pipelines, then that means they do not need to pay Ukraine(a big amount, as resource transit fee to Europe) anymore. Not paying Ukraine anymore would mean Russians have a bigger gross profit, which they can use more in their military, more in toning up their soft power, more in ultimately challenging the US hegemony.
Between all of this, the only ones getting fucked are the regular people. Nazis will come and go, supporters and haters will come and go, but the regular people will die. So I am sympathetic to the regular Ukrainian and Russian people, not anyone more - as far as I understand it, it is just political games for their own benefit. All of them will never hesitate to backstab us as soon as they gain profit from it.