I know about the drug war in Mexico, the gangs over there make Al Capone and his gangs look like toy men, I also know about the Houthi Militias over in Yemen.
So then Don, where does it say that 700,000 people were cleansed??, I can't find it??Again - these things are BURIED. We don't hear about them in the West, the media didn't report on what was happening between 2014-2022. They just weren't interested.
It's like the drug war in Mexico that has claimed 350,000 lives since 2006 and the war in Yemen that has killed 140,000 people in the last ten years... we just don't hear about it. I'm very reluctant to post links on this one particular topic because I want people to realise that even in this day and age there's active censorship of what we see and hear.
Keep digging - search UNHCR reports on Ukraine and even the US State Department. They were publishing stuff during those eight years that spelt out exactly what was going on. And tell us what you find.
What's happening in Ukraine is very similar to the Balkans in the 1990's - horribly complicated, racist mass-expulsions of people on a huge scale and odd bit of attempted genocide. Political and religious based violence - the story of civilisation and settlement. Russia got a deep hatred of the Ukrainian leadership after the 2014 Odessa incident where a lot of Russian nationalists were killed.
Estimates vary of how many Russian speakers/loyalists were forced to go to Russia as refugees but UNHCR said in 2016 it was at least 700,000 and maybe a million. I find it astonishing that an ethnic cleansing on that scale was hardly reported at all in the Western media - where was it? These are people who have to move cross border to ensure their own protection and are not doing it voluntarily, lucky they had someone friendly to go right next door or we could have been dealing with an attempted genocide.
Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia, the India/Pakistan division, Israel/Palestine, the Armenian genocide... human history in the 20th and (unfortunately) 21st century is still about attempted genocides and ethnic hatreds. I'm glad you've been following other more recent stuff but you have to see the conflict in Ukraine through the lens of lots of other civil/religious wars, it's an extension of other stuff that's been going on for centuries in that region - it's difficult to assign 'right' and 'wrong' notions to the different sides.
You have an open mind and I know we've clashed on lots of other things but I think you know what I'm saying is right - the complete lack of moral authority of the Ukrainian government is at the core of the problem here. If the rule of law worked in Ukraine then those people should have been afforded the protection of the law. But Ukraine failed - and we're seriously sending them weapons?