Below are several articles that have come to the attention of Rise Up Times regarding the current war in Ukraine, offering several viewpoints of interest.  See also the articles by Chris Hedges and Diana Johnstone on this topic.

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27 Feb, 2022 13:05

Lukashenko describes conditions for nuclear deployment

Belarus’ leader has detailed a situation that would prompt him to request a “return” of weapons to Minsk
Lukashenko describes conditions for nuclear deployment

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has clarified his stance on nuclear weapons by saying that if the West moves its arsenal close to his country’s borders then Minsk will ask neighboring Russia to “return” nuclear weapons to Belarus.

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Veterans For Peace Encourages Diplomacy Not War

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Veterans For Peace condemns the invasion of Ukraine.  Our mission remains the same.  We are committed to a sustainable and just peace.  As veterans we know increased violence only fuels extremism.  We have watched, and in some cases been firsthand witnesses to how the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, etc. have had their countries and lives destroyed by U.S. and Russian military involvement.

To view the full statement click on the title or click here.

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Ukraine: Questions for the U.S. Anti-war Movement

With long-time antiwar activist Brian Becker. Interactive discussion.

Changing global politics. Abby Martin and Brian Becker discuss the Ukraine war and what it means for the anti-war movement.

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RALPH NADERUKRAINE

Ralph Nader: Everyone Loses in the Conflict Over Ukraine

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ROBERT PARRY: The Mess That Nuland Made  

Victoria Nuland engineered Ukraine’s “regime change” in early 2014 without weighing the likely chaos and consequences, wrote Robert Parry on July 13, 2015.

Consortium News

 

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A demonstrator holds a placard during an action dubbed #SayNOtoPutin in Kyiv, Ukraine on January 9, 2022A demonstrator holds a placard during an action dubbed #SayNOtoPutin in Kyiv on January 9, 2022. (Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP via Getty Images)

So This Is What It Looks Like When the Corporate Media Opposes a War

Major American media outlets oppose military aggression… unless the United States is doing it.

JEFF COHEN  Common Dreams  February 28, 2022

Having worked inside mainstream U.S. media during the beginning of the “War on Terror” and run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the differences in today’s war coverage are dizzying to me.

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Ukraine soldier examines destroyed Russian military vehicleAn Ukrainian Territorial Defense fighter examines a destroyed Russian infantry mobility vehicle GAZ Tigr after the fight in Kharkiv on February 27, 2022. – Ukrainian forces secured full control of Kharkiv on February 27, 2022 following street fighting with Russian troops in the country’s second biggest city, the local governor said. (Photo: Sergey Bobok/AFP via Getty Images)

How the US Started a New Cold War with Russia and Left Ukraine to Fight It

Nothing justifies the Russian invasion, but there is a more insidious reality at work beneath the surface of this classic morality play.

MEDEA BENJAMIN,  NICOLAS J.S. DAVIES  Common Dreams  February 28, 2022

The defenders of Ukraine are bravely resisting Russian aggression, shaming the rest of the world and the UN Security Council for its failure to protect them. It is an encouraging sign that the Russians and Ukrainians are holding talks in Belarus that may lead to a ceasefire. All efforts must be made to bring an end to this war before the Russian war machine kills thousands more of Ukraine’s defenders and civilians, and forces hundreds of thousands more to flee.

But there is a more insidious reality at work beneath the surface of this classic morality play, and that is the role of the United States and NATO in setting the stage for this crisis.

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OLIVER STONEROBERT SCHEERSI PODCAST

Oliver Stone: American Exceptionalism Is on Deadly Display in Ukraine

Robert Scheer Podcast

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Hedges: Chronicle of a War Foretold

After the fall of the Soviet Union, there was a near universal understanding among political leaders that NATO expansion would be a foolish provocation against Russia. How naïve we were to think the military-industrial complex would allow such sanity to prevail.

Svyatoslav, 6, plays with his tablet in a public basement used as a bomb shelter in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from multiple directions in a move that could rewrite the world’s geopolitical landscape. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


By Chris Hedges  Original to ScheerPost

I was in Eastern Europe in 1989, reporting on the revolutions that overthrew the ossified communist dictatorships that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was a time of hope. NATO, with the breakup of the Soviet empire, became obsolete. President Mikhail Gorbachev reached out to Washington and Europe to build a new security pact that would include Russia. Secretary of State James Baker in the Reagan administration, along with the West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, assured the Soviet leader that if Germany was unified NATO would not be extended beyond the new borders. The commitment not to expand NATO, also made by Great Britain and France, appeared to herald a new global order. We saw the peace dividend dangled before us, the promise that the massive expenditures on weapons that characterized the Cold War would be converted into expenditures on social programs and infrastructures that had long been neglected to feed the insatiable appetite of the military.

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