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Ukrainian Crisis
The New Cold War and the New Nazis
Ukraine is the most corrupt country in Europe. Ukraine ranked 144 of 177 countries worldwide according to the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2013. There are regular fights in the Ukrainian parliament among its corrupt politicians. Some people even made fight compilations on Youtube. Nevertheless, the western power elite wanted to get that country in the EU, NATO and IMF. Historically and geographically Ukraine is part of the Russian sphere of influence and eastern Ukraine is populated by Russian Ukrainians.

Zbigniew Brzezinski was a very influential policy advisor in the United States who co-founded the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller and he was a participant in the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group. In his book The Grand Chessboard he wrote: Without Ukraine Russia ceases to be empire, while with Ukraine - bought off first and subdued afterwards, it automatically turns into empire.
The western elite want to have Ukraine in their sphere of influence in order to weaken Russia. To understand the Ukrainian Crisis we must first understand the concept of so-called Colour Revolutions which happened around Russia on many occasions...
Colour revolutions
Robert Parry wrote that Over the past several decades, the "regime changes" approach has been embraced by both neocons and liberal interventionists and has been implemented by both Republican and Democratic administrations. Sometimes, it's done through war and other times through "color revolutions" — always under the idealistic guise of "democracy promotion" or "protecting human rights." *

Colour revolutions are revolutions sponsored by powerful elite through their NGO's and organizations in order to overthrow a government and replace it with one that benefits the elite who sponsor them. These usually start with mass media propaganda and the good versus evil tactic. Throughout history revolutions have been sponsored by the ultra-rich in order to influence world events in favor of their own agenda. Organizations involved are often so-called "non-governmental organisations" (NGOs) owned or sponsored by the super-rich. One of such billionaires is George Soros...
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In 2016 he ranked number 46 in the club of richest persons in the world *. In May 2014 he said: Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now. *

George Soros is also for example behind the so-called Rose Revolution in Georgia, another neighbour of Russia. The Rose Revolution in Georgia sought to overthrow President Eduard Shevardnadze. ... NGOs played a large role (as did American billionaire George Soros by donating millions) helping to organize the protests. * There are even investigations into Soros' influence in Europe *. Later more about Soros' involvement in this Ukrainian Crisis. An important aspect of these colour revolutions is propaganda...
According to Wikipedia the Ukraine Crisis Media Center (UCMC) is another so-called non-governmental organisation. But how "non-governmental" are these kind of organizations?
Some of the western leaders who spoke at this media center are Anders Fogh Rasmussen, head of NATO, United States senator John McCain, Alexander Hug from OSCE, and United States Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. UCMC even creates images of Rasmussen with anti-Russian quotes *. Obviously, UCMC is part of the western anti-Russia propaganda machine. Its sponsors are for example George Soros, Ukraine, The Netherlands, United States, Germany, and none other than NATO, the military machine of the western world which is led by the United States. UCMC is promoted on the websites of those sponsors and vice versa. For example George Soros' International Renaissance Foundation has articles like Brussels and Kyiv Join Efforts Revealing Kremlin Propaganda *.

Another good example of western-backed Ukrainian propaganda is Hromadske, another so-called "non-governmental organisation" used by the western power elite. Hromadske was started by Roman Skrypin who also worked for Radio Free Europe, an American funded propaganda station in Europe, set up after World War II to promote Atlanticism and Americanization for the western power elite. Hromadske's sponsors are for example Open Society Foundations, USAID, NATO, World Bank, United Nations, European Union, and governments of for example Germany, Canada, Netherlands, etcetera. Hromadske is obviously yet another propaganda station sponsored by the same western power elite. In 2016 Hromadske was even involved in a corruption scandal.
Orange Revolution (2004)
The Orange Revolution in 2004 was sponsored by the Anglo-American power elite in order to prevent a pro-Russian government from taking power in Ukraine. Soft power involves mass media and propaganda but also financial aid. In 2004 The Guardian reported that the idea for the revolution was an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four years, has been used to try to salvage elections and topple unsavoury regimes. *

There were then important international players seeking to influence Ukrainian politics. How far they did so is a contentious matter. Changes in the technology of global information and communication since the late 20th century have implications for politics and the ways that political power might be exerted. 'Soft power' through democracy promotion and 'people's power' has become a major social constituent of political change and one of the key components of American foreign policy, especially in the post-communist societies. Soft power was clearly a potent instrument for use in Ukraine.
Euromaidan (2013)
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, NATO, the military alliance of the western power elite, militarily expanded from Western Europe towards the Russian border despite agreements made with Russian elite to not expand. The European Union also expanded towards the Russian border. Now these western elite want to add Ukraine to their sphere of influence, out of the Russian sphere of influence.

In March 2012 the EU Association Agreement for Ukraine was initialed in Brussels. Ukraine had become a pawn in the power play between the EU and US on one side and Russia on the other. It was logical to expect Russia to intervene. Ukraine is its neighbour and a long time ally. Both countries are important to each other and Russia would never simply sit back and watch while the EU and US take over all countries around it. If for example Russia would be creeping up to the US by aligning with Mexico or Canada the US would surely be furious. We all know how the United States responded to cooperation between Cuba and the Soviet Union in 1962.

In September 2013 Russia warned Ukraine that if the country goes ahead with a planned agreement on free trade with the EU, it faces inevitable financial catastrophe and possibly the collapse of the state. *
On 21 November 2013 the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement was stalled by Russia-friendly Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and his government. That agreement was tied to a 17 billion dollars loan from the International Monetary Fund which was also stalled.
The rejection of the EU agreement sparked protests from pro-European Ukrainians, the so-called Euromaidan. These protests were heavily supported by the western elite of the US and the EU...
In the photo we see US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland distributing bread to protesters in Ukraine on 11 December 2013, supporting the political protest. The western elite were openly spreading pro-western and anti-Russia propaganda. The movement was heavily subsidized and sponsored by the US government. Before the crisis, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland bragged about the US "investing" $5 billion in "helping" Ukraine become more western-oriented. *
Already long before the crisis the US was pumping money into Ukraine in order to work towards a regime change in favour of the West.

On 17 December 2013 Yanukovych and Putin signed the Ukrainian–Russian action plan and then the situation in Ukraine quickly escalated...
Neo-Nazis

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In January and February of 2014 we read: Signs of fascism and neo-Nazi extremism were evident during the Euromaidan protest * with right-wing vigilante groups rising to prominence amid violence and police crackdowns *. BBC Newsnight even made a documentary called Neo-Nazi threat in new Ukraine.

Svoboda, Right Sector, Patriot of Ukraine, and Social-National Assembly neo-Nazis spread their terror at the Euromaidan as they attacked government police and anything pro-Russian. The Euromaidan protests were used by neo-Nazi parties in Ukraine to overthrow the pro-Russian government at that time.
Following its victories in Mariupol and Marinka in the summer of 2014, the battalion – known for wearing black fatigues, sporting Nazi tattoos and going into battle with swastikas drawn on its helmets – was officially absorbed into the Ukrainian National Guard in November of that year. *
In November 2014, after the western-backed coup and the US took control over Kiev, the neo-Nazi Azov Batallion military unit was incorporated into the National Guard of Ukraine.
Some of their neo-Nazi leaders were openly supported by the western power elite in order to achieve their desired regime change. One of them was Ukrainian neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok, making the Hitler salute in the picture above. In June 2013 he was banned from entering the United States for his open anti-Semitism *. But one year later, during the Ukrainian Crisis, he was used by the western elite. The enemy of my enemy is my friend...
In this picture Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland with neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseniy Yatseniuk * on 10 December 2013.
In this picture US Senator John McCain wines and dines with neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and others in Kiev * on 14 December 2013.
In this picture US Senators Chris Murphy and John McCain share the stage with neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev * on 15 December 2013. At his visit to Ukraine John McCain said that Ukraine will make Europe better and Europe will make Ukraine better. *
By supporting neo-Nazis?
In this picture High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton with Neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok * on 4 February 2014.
In this picture Secretary of State John Kerry with Vitali Klitschko, Petro Poroshenko, neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok and Sergey Tigipko * in Kiev on 4 March 2014.
In this picture Vice President of the United States Joe Biden with neo-Nazi Oleh Tyahnybok in Kiev * on 22 April 2014.
Since April 2014 Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden gained a position on the board at Burisma Holdings, Ukraine's largest private gas firm, which is run by Ukraine's top criminal Mykola Zlochevsky. See also Black Lies Matter.

What were these US and EU officials doing meddling with national affairs in Ukraine right next to the Russian border? They were supporting protests against the democratically chosen pro-Russian government. These photos were taken when they were discussing the new government as part of the regime change. What would happen if a Russian diplomat were to support anti-American protests in Canada or Mexico, let alone discuss regime change in disfavor of the United States anywhere?
Andriy Parubiy is another neo-Nazi leader from Ukraine. He founded the Patriot of Ukraine party and the Social-National Party of Ukraine. The Patriot of Ukraine later branched into the Azov Battalion and Right Sektor, two fascist groups with paramilitary tendencies that were critical in the Maidan revolution...
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland with neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy at the United States Department of State on 22 June 2016.
President of PACE Pedro Agramunt with Neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy.
NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow with Neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy * on 19 May 2014 at NATO HQ to participate in NATO-Ukraine High Level Joint Working Group on Defence Reform. Neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy even visited the United States, Canada and Great Britain were he lobbied for weapons for Ukraine *.
Another neo-Nazi supported by the west was Dmytro Yarosh, a leader of the neo-Nazi Right Sector movement. In the picture he speeches during a rally on Independence Square in Kiev on 21 February 2014. In an interview with TIME, Yarosh, whose militant brand of nationalism rejects all foreign influence over Ukrainian affairs, revealed for the first time that Right Sector had amassed a lethal arsenal of weapons * from the West.
In April 2015: Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff, and Dmytro Yarosh agreed the format of cooperation between 'Pravy Sektor' and the Ukrainian Armed Forces. ... 'Pravyi Sector' is ready to be subordinated to military leaders in issues related to defense of state from the external enemy. *
Neo-Nazi Dmytro Yarosh was promoted to Advisor of Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff of the Ukrainian army. NATO openly stated that it wants to add this army to its own coalition.
In November 2014 the Obama administration vehemently denied charges that Ukraine's nascent regime is stock full of neo-fascists despite clear evidence suggesting otherwise *.
It would of course not be good for the US and the EU if too many sheeple find out that they are supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Therefor they deny everything and display Putin as Hitler on the propaganda banners they inspire. How ironic. See also Good vs Evil.
Regime change
In early February 2014 a leaked phone call between US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt talked about a regime change. In that phone call Nuland infamously said: Fuck the EU *. The transcript of that leaked phone call strongly suggests that the US has very clear ideas about what the outcome should be and is striving to achieve these goals. *
On 22 February 2014 the western-backed coup took place in Ukraine.
On 11 March 2014 CIA Director John O. Brennan said at the Council on Foreign Relations: Over the past several months, the CIA and its Intelligence Community partners have closely followed events in Ukraine. *
In April 2014: Ukraine is on the brink of civil war, Vladimir Putin has said, and he should know because the country is already in the midst of a covert intelligence war. Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan travelled to Kiev. *
In 2015 US President Barack Obama said in a CNN interview that the Anglo-American elite had brokered a deal to transition power in Ukraine *.

In February 2014 University of Illinois Professor Francis Boyle said that there is no real government in Ukraine right now, and called it a gang of neo-Nazis, fascists and rightist thugs. There is clear cut discrimination against Russians in Ukraine with public demands in Kiev that Russians be killed. According to Professor Boyle what happened in Kiev was a playbook coup d'état by the CIA. Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, working with the US Ambassador, were instrumental in carrying out the coup d'état, as it has been proven they were working with "the brown shirts": Svoboda, the right sector, the Bandera Nazis and skinheads.

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In the photo George Soros talks to Petro Poroshenko, the pro-American and anti-Russian puppet installed by the west with the western-backed coup. He admitted to financing the 2013-2014 Maidan Square protests that brought the current government into power *. On 12 November 2015 Poroshenko awarded Soros with the so-called Order of Freedom *. Birds of a feather flock together.
Article 108 of the Ukrainian Constitution specifies that the president may lose office in only 4 situations, resignation, medical incapacity, impeachment or death. Technically speaking the Ukrainian parliament did not remove Yanukovych from office but merely voted to accept Yanukovych's "voluntary renunciation of duties." The fact that 328 votes were cast in a 449 member assembly requiring 337 votes for an impeachment settles this issue beyond doubt. Ultimately, regardless of the West's assertions on any other point, the fact is that Yanukovych was elected to power via elections declared fair by Western monitors themselves. As Kym Bergman has commented, baying mobs, no matter what their size, present no justification to remove a constitutionally elected president from power.

The Ukrainian election of 2010 was declared fair and according to democratic standards *. The "free and democratic" West was of course not so happy with that outcome. It was not the first time that the Anglo-American power elite orchestrated an illegal regime change in the most undemocratic fashion.
From Yanukovich to Poroshenko
The western power elite and their mass media highlighted the corruption of Viktor Yanukovych in an attempt to seemingly justify their illegal coup. See for example BBC's article Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych *. Without doubt he was corrupt. But this was already known when the western power elite were all too happy to make some big deals with him related to energy security. See Royal Dutch Shell shale gas deal * and Chevron Shell shale gas deal *. Western media didn't highlight his corruption back then. They didn't mention that the Euromaidan protests were heavily sponsored by the west. Nor that the west ousted a democratically elected leader. Ousted president Viktor Yanukovych was corrupt. But what about the pro-American puppet installed by the west...
In January 2016: Nearly two years after Yanukovych left power, however, little has been done to bring the perpetrators of violence to justice. President Petro Poroshenko has not demonstrated the political will needed to fight Ukraine's oligarchs and high levels of corruption. Poroshenko, it seems, like his predecessors, may fail to bring justice, respect, and humanity that Ukrainians demanded in the revolutions in 2004 and 2013—2014. Not surprisingly, many Ukrainians are skeptical of Poroshenko's intentions. Poroshenko is unpopular in just about every region of Ukraine: a recent poll showed that only 17 percent of participating Ukrainians support him. These anemic poll numbers give the president less support than Yanukovych had when he was ousted from power.

In April 2016 the Guardian reported that newly installed Petro Poroshenko set up a secret offshore company in the British Virgin Islands at a time when his troops were being wiped out in a bloody battle with Russian troops and pro-Moscow rebels. *

While Ukrainian soldiers and civilians were dying in fierce battles in Eastern Ukraine pro-American puppet leader Petro Poroshenko made sure much money went into his own pockets while dodging taxes in western tax havens.
There was a 15% increase in crime in 2016 over 2015 in Kiev according to the Ukraine 2017 Crime & Safety Report of OSAC *. That's the year after the western-backed coup.
Crimea
Another great propaganda achievement of the western elite is the fact that they succeeded in making the ignorant sheeple in the west believe that the secession of Crimea was an aggressive imperial strategy of Putin's Russia while NATO had been militarily expanding and threatening Russia since the early 1990s after the Soviet Union ended.

The Crimean operation was a response to the threat of NATO's further expansion along Russia's western border. By this logic, Putin seized the peninsula to prevent two dangerous possibilities: first, that Ukraine's new government might join NATO, and second, that Kiev might evict Russia's Black Sea Fleet from its long-standing base in Sevastopol. ... Putin's seizure of Crimea appears to have been an improvised gambit, developed under pressure, that was triggered by the fear of losing Russia's strategically important naval base in Sevastopol. *

On 18 March 2014 Crimea secessed from Ukraine and moved back to the protection of Russia. This was a reaction to the illegal western-backed coup and the escalating war in Eastern Ukraine. The western elite systematically misrepresented Crimea and all the events leading up to its secession. Western media gave the impression that everything was Putin's fault.

Historically Crimea belonged to the Russian Empire from 1783 to 1917 and to the Soviet Union from 1921 to 1991. In 1956 the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic transferred Crimea to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic as a "gift", while remaining in the Soviet sphere of influence. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union NATO illegally expanded towards the Russian border. Russia rightly protested against this but was ignored by hypocritical western leaders. The Ukrainian crisis was a step too far. It is expected that Russia claimed back what historically belonged to Russia while Ukraine moved towards the Anglo-American Empire flirting with EU and NATO membership. Imagine NATO missile systems in Ukraine, right next to Russia. Imagine Russian missile systems in Mexico, right next to the United States.
Russia's Black Sea Fleet is located in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anybody who thinks that Russia is going to let the United States get away with an illegal coup, adding Ukraine to NATO, and eventually the overtaking of Russia's Black Sea Fleet is of course a complete idiot. When the United States has the right to protect its own interests overseas then Russia certainly has the right to protect its own interests nextdoor. The Black Sea Fleet is crucial to Russia's protection against the United States and NATO which are known to have been involved in many aggressive wars in the past decades. As expected, the US, the UN, the EU and the rest of the anti-Russian western world cried out that the annexation was illegal.
The western elite didn't care for the opinion of the Crimean people themselves. Western media kept silent about the Crimean people simply because that picture didn't fit with the narrative of the west. The Crimean people didn't want to undergo the same fate as Eastern Ukraine, bombed by Kiev.
Allen Edward Buchanan stated: according to Associative Group Theories, what confers the right to secede on a group is the voluntary choice of members of the group to form an independent state.
Christian Marxsen wrote that the Crimean population's demand to accede to Russia is — as a matter of politics not law — not unjustified, given the apparent majority opinion there.
Crimea is a bastion of support for ousted President Yanukovych *. A map of the demographics of Crimea speaks for itself as Crimea is overwhelmingly populated by ethnic Russians. Everywhere in Crimea people were celebrating after the polls were closed and their desired fate was sealed.
Odessa Massacre
On 2 May 2014 anti-Russian neo-Nazis supported by the west slaughtered a group of pro-Russian protesters, the Odessa Massacre. Western media maliciously tried to put the blame on the people who were brutally killed that horrible day, simply because they were pro-Russian and the West is anti-Russian. Here are some facts mainly left out of the story by western media...
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In this video Andriy Parubiy was seen on April 29 2014 delivering military-grade bullet-proof vests to Mykola Volkov *, a key participant in the Odessa Trade Union House massacre three days later as will be shown later. Andriy Parubiy is one of the neo-Nazis supported by United States and European Union leaders. He led the Euromaidan protests and is linked to the coup overthrowing the democratically elected pro-Russian government. The western power elite are in business with these types. Mykola Volkov is known as a local hard-core criminal *.
In this photo we see police deputy commander Dmitry Fucheji overseeing shootings by masked gunmen, wearing St. George ribbons, that would provoke a violent reaction. The Guardian reported that there are claims of complicity between police and activists across the divide. *
The Ukrainian police oversaw the shootings, allegedly by pro-Russian protesters because they wore St.George ribbons. Those shootings then provoked violence against pro-Russian protesters. In this picture you see a police officer instructing a group of people wearing red bands around their arms, the color that symbolizes Russia. For example on the left a person with Ukrainian flag on his bullet-proof jacket, but also with a red band around his arm. Possibly people were supposed to give the impression that pro-Russian protestors were stirring up violence. Like a false flag tactic. So, some police officers might have played the role of agent provocateur that day, a phenomenon used by police forces to steer protests in their favor or to "justify" police violence against (anti-government) protests. Already in December 2013 Open Democracy reported: The authorities have been making use of paid instigators who infiltrate the protests and then start attacking the police to provoke a ‘retaliatory’ suppression of the ‘violent protestors.’ *
Pro-Kiev supporters and neo-Nazis burned the tent camp of pro-Russian protesters in front of the Trade Unions Building. An eyewitness told a BBC reporter that tents in the pro-Russian camp were burning when he arrived and those there had moved to the entrance of the nearby Trade Unions House. Eventually, they were driven in. * The Telegraph reported that The pro-Russians tried to make a last stand on the steps of the House of Trade Unions, throwing up barricades around the great stone pillars in front of the doors. Finally, they were forced to retreat inside. * The pro-Russian protesters were driven into the building by the violent pro-Kiev supporters and neo-Nazis.
Ukrainian fascist girls, supporters of a 'Single Ukraine', prepared Molotov cocktails *...
Pro-Kiev supporters and neo-Nazis threw Molotov cocktails at the Trade Unions Building with the pro-Russian protesters inside *, setting the building on fire *. Those outside chanted "burn Colorado, burn," witnesses said. Swastikalike symbols were spray painted on the building. *
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In this video we see police deputy commander Dmitry Fucheji again (19m01s). He doesn't seem to "control" the situation and he doesn't seem to make much effort to get the situation under control.

In the following video a man is shooting at trapped pro-Russian Ukrainians while on the phone: YouTube/MP4. The man phoning and shooting at people who are trying to escape the flames is Mykola Volkov, the local hard-core criminal mentioned earlier. The people inside are screaming towards their deaths as wicked neo-Nazis and pro-Kiev supporters slaughter them one by one as would later be revealed. The Irish Times described it as follows: Shouts of anger have become screams of panic and soon people are falling from windows and jumping to escape the inferno; prone on the concrete, some move a little. Most do not. *
Also note that Mykola Volkov is wearing a bullet-proof vest which he obtained from Andriy Parubiy, a key neo-Nazi behind the Euromaidan protests, who got them from the West.

Here are some photos of the massacre that day...
Around 50 mostly defenseless people murdered and burned to death inside this building by a neo-Nazi mob supported by the western elite. The woman who is lying on the desk was later confirmed to be an employee who worked in this building. People tortured, mutilated and burned to a horrible death. See Ersieesist - How the thugs killed Odessa inhabitants in the Trade Unions House - the details of bloody scenario * for more photos and information.
Here's what western media made of that horrible day...

The EconoMIST wrote: Who were the gunmen in the city centre on Friday afternoon? Were they among the people who later entered the building and were shooting from there? Where did the Molotov cocktails come from? How did the fire start? Why did the pro-Russian crowd rush into a building instead of running away? Why could the 40 people not escape once the building caught fire? These are some of the unanswered questions now tormenting Odessa. *

A reader commented: Another disgusting piece in the western media about the Odessa massacre. People were trapped in the building which was petrol bombed by an angry mob. Those that tried to escape were shot and beaten. Anyone with access to the internet can see that. But instead of tell the truth the Economist, along with other media outlets, are denying the facts and spouting conspiracy theories to cover up a bloody massacre committed by the neo-nazis they back. *
Hypocrisy
NATO is the war machine of the west led by the United States. Its leaders ignore much of reality and present a premeditated anti-Russian narrative to further their agenda. At the NATO Summit in 2014 frontman Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated: Russia is now fighting against Ukraine, in Ukraine. Russian troops and Russian tanks are attacking the Ukrainian forces. And while talking about peace, Russia has not made one single step to make peace possible. Instead of de-escalating the crisis, Russia has only deepened it. *

In 2015 the Spiegel published an article titled Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine which stated: The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Chancellery have referred to Breedlove's comments as "dangerous propaganda." Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove's comments with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg. *