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    Posted March 10, 2014 by
    Kiev, Ukraine
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    Ukraine unrest

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    How it all started

    Today Ukraine is in fact at war with Russia. Russian troops have invaded Ukraine without announcement of war on March 1, 2014 and over the last 11 days the number of Russian military soldiers and equipment keep growing.

    Why is Putin doing this? He says he does it to protect Russian speakers. But Russian speakers in Crimea are gathering to main squares to say that they do not need protection. People are joking, "the danger for Russian speakers is not that they would be forced to speak Ukrainian, the real danger is that Putin will come to "protect" them."

    The true reason for Putin's military invasion is different. Putin can't afford for Ukrainians to succeed in freeing themselves from corrupt regime of Yanukovich that also happens to be Putin's own marionette. He can't afford for Ukraine to look towards West.

    On the one hand it's a "bad example" to Russians. They might also get inspired to stand for freedom. On the other hand Putin is losing his direct influence on Ukraine. Ukrainians won't allow him to put in place another Russian marionette into the office of Ukrainian president.

    Ukrainians have angered Putin long time ago - back in November when they came to the streets to protest, in December when they didn't get scared by attacks of riot police, in January when they didn't submit to new dictatorship laws, in February when they shed their blood for better future of Ukraine.

    When ex-president Yanukovich ran from Ukraine, the masks have fallen and now Ukrainians are facing the enemy that was playing from behind the scenes all along... This war didn't start in March, it started in November!

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