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Russia: How To Manufacture A War

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To Inform is to Influence

Stirring the pot.

By Brian Whitmore

Before the guns of April, came the protests of February and March.

Before the armed conflict, came the unarmed uprisings.

Before there was a war in the Donbas, there was the so-called Russian Spring.

There has long been scant doubt about the Kremlin’s deep involvement in — and instigation of — the war in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that began in April 2014.

But the mass antigovernment demonstrations that erupted in Russophone cities in eastern and southern Ukraine in the months prior — dubbed the Russian Spring by the pro-Kremlin media — were always much more ambiguous.

In the hypercharged and chaotic environment after pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by the Euromaidan uprising in Kyiv, it was entirely plausible that the Russian Spring was an organic local grassroots phenomenon that the Kremlin merely exploited and piggybacked on.


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