With an ethno-linguistic map of #Ukraine, it is easy to see that eastern half of the country is mostly inhabited by ethnic Russians, many are Ukrainian separatists, and agree with the Russian occupation pic.twitter.com/9qOtEdBBOg— Dick Mackintosh?#IStandWithJeremyCorbyn (@DickMackintosh) March 7, 2022
The reasons why Putin allegedly decided to attack Ukraine included the internal Ukrainian conflict in the “rebel regions” of Donetsk and Luhansk; NATO expansion as shown in the map, and Putin’s aim to recreate the Russian Empire of Tsar Peter the Great. He desperately wants better access to the Black Sea and the sea of Azov and a land route to the major port of Odesa. It is possible that as his army stalls, peacekeeping talks might suggest that a compromise is suggested which would divide the country in two, creating a buffer zone between Europe and Russia, as well as organizing a land bridge to Crimea. The fact that the Ukrainian forces have spent the last eight years fighting in the region could make this solution attractive to President Zelensky in Kiyv.
Russian speakers in the East represented by blue demonstrate a pro Russian majority pic.twitter.com/e0oGGjlN0Z— Dick Mackintosh?#IStandWithJeremyCorbyn (@DickMackintosh) March 7, 2022