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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

NATO Agreements Betrayed in Ukraine

Feb 28, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is connected to the history of NATO. Ukraine borders Russia. It was formerly part of the Soviet Union and has always been closely tied to Russia. Many ethnic Russians live in Ukraine and vice versa. Before the invasion, Russian president Putin had demanded that Ukraine never be allowed to join NATO. The U.S. and NATO refused to agree to that. And while Ukraine is not a formal NATO member, NATO and the U.S. have used Ukraine against Russia in the past, and today. In 1949, at the beginning of NATO, the CIA supported and organized an insurgency in Ukraine against the Soviet government. And from 2015 up to today, the CIA has been training Ukrainian special forces and intelligence operatives to be used against Russia.