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Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland, who was a major player in the U.S.-led coup in Ukraine back in 2014, continued down her path of destruction last week when she called Crimea a legitimate target for Ukrainian forces.

TRENDPOST: Indeed, this video clearly shows her role in the U.S.-orchestrated coup of the democratically elected president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych. Imagine if the Russians were at a protest in America handing out bread!

Nuland told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that the U.S. supported Ukrainian strikes on these targets because Washington believes Kyiv is “owed and due all of their territory within their international borders,” which she said included Crimea. 

“Ukraine is not going to be safe unless Crimea is—at a minimum, at a minimum—demilitarized,” she said. 

The Russian Embassy in Washington used Nuland’s comments as evidence that the U.S. is “directly involved in the conflict,” RT, the Russian news outlet, reported. The embassy said Nuland’s comments show that Washington is taking “concrete actions” in the war.

“Russia has turned Crimea into a massive military installation…those are legitimate targets, Ukraine is hitting them, and we are supporting that,” Nuland said.

Aaron David Miller, a former American diplomat and now a senior fellow at the think tank, who interviewed Nuland, noted that Crimea is “the red line” for Moscow.

”I am not going to prejudge where the Ukrainians choose to fight or how they choose to deal with Crimea over the short term, medium term, or long term. We recognize Crimea as Ukraine,” she said.

TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has long noted that the war hawks in Washington want to weaken Russia by providing Ukrainian forces with just enough firepower to ensure that the war keeps rolling. 

NATO and the U.S. play down the implications of going nuke, thus they say ramping up the Ukraine War to defeat Russia by attacking them will have a “happy ending.”  (See “SAYING RUSSIA WON’T GO NUKE, WEST TO HELP UKRAINE CONQUER CRIMEA” 24 Jan 2023, “UKRAINE’S FOREIGN MINISTER ADMITS BOMBING CRIMEA BRIDGE” 18 Oct 2022 and “WHITE HOUSE GAVE PUBLIC GREEN LIGHT TO UKRAINE TO BOMB CRIMEA BRIDGE” 11 Oct 2022.) 

Going Nuke 

However, the theme of “Going Nuke” is heating up. In an interview with Canadian news channel CTV on Sunday, the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, warned the world of nuclear war ahead. 

“Please don’t forget, we’re talking about nuclear weapons” and that a nuke attack “could touch everyone on our planet, and that is why we have to do everything we can to stop this war.”

Crying for Crimea

Five days before the attack on the Crimean bridge, Laura K. Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense, was asked if Kyiv assured the U.S. that it would not target infrastructure inside Russia. She said it is important to recognize that “Crimea is Ukraine.”

The Western media embraced the bridge bombing as though it was another major setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who days later approved airstrikes in about a dozen Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, which has been a trend throughout the war: every time Ukraine attempts to widen the conflict, Russia answers with new rounds of shelling.

The U.S., meanwhile, is tailoring its weapon supplies for Ukraine with Crimea on its mind. U.S. officials told The New York Times that the U.S. is specifically arming Ukrainians to have the weapons needed to retake Crimea, including additional HIMARS and Bradley fighting vehicles.

Russian Red Line

Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, warned that Russia would see the effort to retake Crimea as a red line. Politico reported that both Republicans and Democrats, united only in war, said “Crimea is Ukraine.”

Politico, citing four individuals with knowledge of Blinken’s conversation, said the U.S.’s top diplomat indicated that Washington is not encouraging Kyiv to retake Crimea, but it is up to Ukrainian officials to make the determination.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said on several occasions he wants to retake the territory.

Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, was at the Munich Security Conference, and said “there’s more of a consensus out there that people realize that Ukraine is not going to militarily retake Crimea.”

“The real question is, can we get security guarantees for Ukraine” that would allow the West to “continue to train and arm Ukraine so that Russia doesn’t just do this again, once they’ve caught their breath and a couple of years,” he said.

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