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Chrystia Freeland: Viktor Yanukovych and Unprovoked War

chrystia freeland: During this hybrid war, Moscow has used every imaginable tactic of subversion and destabilization, from targeted assassinations and terrorist bombings in Kyiv, to cyberattacks against critical infrastructure, to fomenting ethnic, political, religious and social divisiveness even defaming diaspora figures like Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, according to The Chronicle Herald. This unprovoked war followed the Revolution of Dignity, an uprising against Moscow's corrupted satrap in Kyiv, Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted for trying to wrest Ukraine away from an anticipated reintegration into Europe and toward a Russian-dominated Eurasian sphere. Seven per cent of the country remains occupied, over 10,000 people are dead, 25,000 maimed, nearly two million internally displaced, and the urban-industrial infrastructure of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts the Donbas have been destroyed. Enraged by his diminished influence, Vladimir Putin, the ex- KBG man in the Kremlin, a billionaire and seemingly president-in-perpetuity of the Russian Federation, precipitated an international crisis, festering to this day. Following their voluntary dismantling of the world's third-largest nuclear arsenal, Ukrainians believed their country's territorial integrity and political sovereignty were inviolable, secured by American, British and even Russian Federation pledges. Not only were Europe's supposedly agreed-upon borders undone by force coupled with the bogus Crimean referendum of March 16, 2014 but the West's timid response provoked many Ukrainians into rethinking why they affirmed the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. ( As reported in the news.