Essay: April 2022 was a pivotal moment in the future of global politics for decades to come

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'What Does This War Mean for the Future of Mankind and Today's Civilization?' panel discussion at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lvov with Thomas Friedman, Timothy Snyder, Richard C. Levin, Francis Fukuyama, Comfort Ero, and Yaroslav Hrytsak, Sept. 11, 2023.
Almost six weeks into the war between Russia and Ukraine, I’m beginning to wonder if this conflict isn’t our first true world war — much more than World War I or World War II ever was.

—Thomas Friedman, NYT, April 3, 2022.[1]

Ukraine is just the beginning. The geopolitical consequences of the Special Operation will change the entire view of the world.

—Dr. Konstantin Sivkov, First Vice President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, March 28, 2022.[2]

You're asking whether we can go back to where we were before the war broke out or maybe even where we were in March '22 shortly after the war broke out when the negotiations in Istanbul were ongoing...the mess that we have created here, the disaster we have created here cannot be underestimated in terms of its scope.

—Prof. John Mearsheimer, interview with Aaron Maté, August 2023[3]

Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: 'Do not march on Moscow'. Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good.

Field Marshal Viscount Bernard Law Montgomery, May 30, 1962.[4]

In the U.S. and in NATO countries, almost everyone knows that this is the end of the last 30 years [since the Soviet Union fell]. Now we’re going into some kind of a New Cold War.

—Antti Häkkänen, Finnish Defense Minister, December 21, 2023.[5]

We have arrived at a historic juncture. Perhaps, the most dangerous, unpredictable and, at the same time, the most important decade since the end of World War II lies ahead.

Vladimir Putin, October 27, 2023.[6]

Today, the world faces an inflection point, where the choices we make — including in the crises in Europe and the Middle East — will determine the direction of our future for generations to come.

Joe Biden, November 19, 2023.[7]

The old world order is over...One era is ending, a new one is beginning, and the decisions that we make now will shape the future for decades to come.

Antony Blinken, September 13, 2023[8]

Volodymyr Zelensky, Justin Trudeau, and Chrystia Freeland applaud Yaroslav Hunka of the Waffen SS Galicia Division during a session of the Canadian Parliament, September 24, 2023.[9][10]
The War in Ukraine has become a turning point in the history of civilization.

—Prof. Yaroslav Hrytsak, September 11, 2023[11]

Future historians will point to Russia’s Special Military Operation in Ukraine and the ensuing effort led by the United States to destroy Russia economically through sanctions and militarily by using Ukraine as a proxy, as a watershed moment that changed the trajectory of world history.

—Larry Johnson, December 5, 2023. [1]

I think it’s a World War. It looks to me like the Thirty Years' War in the 17th century. For me, the modern age started at this time. So for me it’s now, philosophically speaking, the end of the modern era. The modern era started with the Thirty Years’ War, and it will take another Thirty Years’ War to end it.

Alexei Arestovich, January 14, 2023.[12]

There is a chain of conflicts affecting the whole world...In fact, World War III is already underway...We instinctively expect that the war will begin just like the Great War or the Second World War...The international order is breaking down...It was an unpleasant one, based on the fear of mutual destruction, but manageable...Wars in the Middle East have erupted before, but the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the United States of America (USA) intervened and extinguished them until the next conflict...And now I don’t see even a temporary settlement mechanism.

—Fyodor Lukyanov, Presidium-Chairman of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP), October 31, 2023.[13]

The war in Ukraine compounded by last week’s attacks on Israel may have far-reaching impacts on energy and food markets, global trade, and geopolitical relationships…This may be the most dangerous time the world has seen in decades.

—Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan, October 13, 2023[14]

On the morning of January 1, 1992 when the Soviet Union was dissolved, some 25 million ethnic Russians and other Soviet peoples woke up to discover they were now residents of foreign country outside the land of their birth, without being consulted at the ballot box in a free, fair, and democratic election. Many suffered a loss of rights, such as social security benefits or even the right to vote, as in the Baltic States, and were discriminated against as second class citizens. Since the earliest Bolshevik times, the Russian people themselves constituted the largest bloc of victims of Soviet communism; now they faced the wrath of Western fascism a second time as their fathers and grandfathers had five decades earlier.

Dmitri Yarosh, former head of the Pravy Sektor standing before the neo-Nazi black and red "Blood and Soil" flag.
Ukraine, or rather Eastern Ukraine, will come back in five, ten or fifteen years. Western Ukraine can go to hell.

—Anonymous Russian general quoted in Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and Remaking of World Order, 1996. p. 167. [2]

Just don’t invade Russia. It’s never a good idea.

Elon Musk, January 4, 2024.[15]


During the night of February 25-26, 2022 President Volodymyr Zelensky sent a ceasefire proposal to Russia via the Chinese embassy in Kiev. The Kremlin immediately responded by setting out its conditions:

The Atlantic press[16] ignored this event, while the rest of the world, which knew about it, held its breath. The negotiation failed a few hours later after Washington intervened. Only then would Western public opinion be informed, but the Russian conditions would always be hidden from them.[17]

Bloomberg News reported: “The US-led drive to isolate Russia through sanctions has not succeeded, as half the countries in the Group of Twenty leading global economies refused to sign on...Senior officials from leading Western nations are surprised by the lack of support within the wider G20, despite their efforts to make the case for restrictions against Russia...Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey have not joined the sanctions that were adopted by the US, UK, EU, and their allies Australia, Canada, Japan, and South Korea...Some nations, like China and South Africa, have openly criticized the restrictions…The G20 nations account for around 85% of global economic output”.[18]

On March 28, 2022 Joe Biden trashed the November 1985 joint declaration issued by President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva Summit which read,[19] "a nuclear war is unwinnable and must never be fought" when Biden issued an updated version of the National Defense Strategy (NDS).[20]

On March 29, 2022, Tass reported[21] negotiations in Istanbul with the Kyiv regime included:

  • permanent neutrality and non-aligned status
  • guarantees of security
  • demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine
  • recognition of contemporary territorial realities
  • restoration of the status of Russian language and rights of Russian-speakers
How the peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia failed.[22]

In an interview with the Berliner Zeitung former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder explained how the peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia failed:

"The only people who could settle the war against Ukraine are the Americans. During the peace negotiations in March 2022 in Istanbul with [then-Ukrainian chief negotiator] Rustem Umerov, the Ukrainians did not agree on peace because they were not allowed to. They first had to ask the Americans about everything they discussed."[23]
We've led the Ukrainians down the Primrose path. We pushed this country into this war. We're principally responsible for it because of our efforts to make Ukraine a Western bulwark on Russia's borders. We encouraged the counter offensive. We forced them to attack week after week, when they were suffering enormous casualties. And now when they're in really deep trouble, we're pulling the plug on them. It just turns your stomach. It's really horrible.

—Prof. John J. Mearsheimer, October 12, 2023[24]

As Ukraine and Russia neared conclusion of a ceasefire on Russia's Special Military Operation to end the Donbas conflict under terms largely along the lines of the Minsk Accords with the issues of the Donetsk Peoples Republic, the Luhansk Peoples Republic, and Crimea off the table, as a gesture of good faith President Putin ordered the withdrawal of troops surrounding Kiev.[25] However UK prime minister Boris Johnson rushed to Kiev unannounced and convinced Ukrainian dictator Volodymyr Zelensky not to accept the deal in exchange for promises of NATO aid to fight the Russians. Two months later, after thousands of the Armed Forces of Ukraine troops were ground down on the battlefield along with their NATO weapons, talk of resuming ceasefire negotiations was now encouraged by Western leaders. The Kremlin announced that the status of the Kherson and Zaporozhye republics would be off the table as well, if negotiations were to resume.[26]

Boris Johnson sabotaged a peace agreement between Putin and Zelensky in April 2022. Tens of thousands of people were needlessly killed in coming months.

On April 5, 2022 according to the Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, agreements were fully reached allowing Washington to relocate its nuclear arsenals to the country in any required quantity, the German newspaper Welt am Sontag reported.[27]

Ukrainska Pravda reported in May 2022 on Boris Johnson's surprise visit to Kiev shortly after Russia and Ukraine had reached a peace settlement in their talks in Istanbul. The Russians had agreed to withdraw to the pre-February 2022 borders and Zelensky would implement the Minsk Accords. Putin's withdrawal from the Kiev environs was meant as a show of good faith.

While the Prime Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, and Romania urged Ukrainian dictator Vladimir Zelensky to pursue a negotiated settlement with Russia and end the slaughter of Ukrainian troops in a hopeless cause, Johnson urged Zelensky to continue the war and keep the gravy train of $53 billion in U.S. aid flowing.[28] Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov later said "We sat at the negotiating table with the Ukrainian delegation until the end of March [2022], when an approach to a settlement on the principles suggested by the Ukrainians at the time had been harmonized in Istanbul. These principles suited us for that moment, but the talks were stopped by direct order from Washington and London."

The sudden failure of the Istanbul agreement led to the immediate influx of mass amounts of the latest U.S. gear such as HIMARs. Zelensky was secretly promised unlimited funding and military support as bait. Stuck between the path of peace or the chance to go down in history as the one man who could do what Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and Hitler could not do. Zelensky chose to put his faith in NATO’s invincibility. Ukrainian journalist Diana Panchenko confirmed what happened: "I know for a fact that the war could have been stopped back in March. A man from Zelensky's inner circle told me: We simply ditched the Russians in March. He boasted about it... Friends, I know them all personally. I appeal to Ukrainians. You are ruled by sociopaths who do not understand the consequences".[29]

Only a month after Russia was forced by innumerable actions by the West to achieve the aims of protecting the Russian-speaking people of the Donbass region and of itself from a malevolent Ukrainian regime via its becoming a NATO state on its border, Russia initiated peace negotiations. These bore fruit in March 2022 when significant progress was announced from Istanbul where the talks between the two sides where being held. Russia removed its troops from around the capital Kiev, sent there with the goal not of conquest but of bringing the regime there to its senses and to negotiate a peaceful outcome. This avenue toward a peaceful resolution of all areas of concern was swiftly blocked via a visit to Kiev by then British prime minister Boris Johnson. This one act condemned upwards of half a million Ukrainians to their deaths and the potential destruction of Ukraine as a viable state.[30]

President Vladimir Putin shows African leaders initialed copies of the draft treaty that was quashed by Biden and the UK.[31] The US bribed Zelensky with $100 billion in "aid" in early April 2022 not to make peace with Russia.
When Boris Johnson stepped in to stop negotiations between Ukraine and Russia in Istanbul just a few weeks after the start of hostilities he set in motion the meatgrinder that has taken SO many lives.

—Aearnur, September 16, 2023[32]

Russia's invasion of Ukraine, initiated on February 24, 2022, is among the most—if not the most—significant shocks to the global order since World War II.

—:::Russia, Ukraine, and the Future World Order, Published online by Cambridge University Press: 27 October 2022

The Biden administration continued its campaign to rewrite the rules of global economics this week by taking steps to fix the leading institution of globalization: the World Trade Organization. The global trade body has been dysfunctional since 2019, when the Trump administration refused to name judges to its highest dispute-settlement body, rendering it unable to make decisions. Since then, the hobbled WTO has served as a symbol of how American populism has alienated the U.S. government from the rules-based international system that it helped create at the end of the (first) Cold War.

—Gavin Bade, Rewriting the rules of globalization, Politico, September 22, 2023[33]

The U.S.-dominated NATO alliance, the European Union, the rules-based international order and all the post-World War II structures, which held the Western world together for nearly eight decades. They are all now crumbling around us.

Scott Ritter, Requiem for NATO’s Nightmare, July 28, 2023.

As the war in Ukraine completely reshuffles the world order and threatens to destroy human civilization, it's frightening just how little information Americans are receiving about what happens there.

Tucker Carlson, August 29, 2023[34]

The U.S. and NATO will soon have lost their big proxy war against Russia. In light of this reality the much larger, centuries old narrative of the superior West is also breaking down. This will have global consequences for decades to come.

—Moon of Alabama, July 18, 2023[35]

The 1991 borders of Ukraine were drawn by the Communist dictators Lenin, Stalin, and Khruschev without the democratic consent of the people living there. Advocates of so-called "Ukrainian independence" after 2022 sought to ratify the deeds of communist dictators as contemporary, standing international law without the democratic consent of the people living there.
Ukraine’s lack of progress over the past two months should serve as a wake-up call for Western leaders. Their response will shape the geopolitical landscape for decades to come.

—Maksym Skrypchenko, Ukraine’s slow counteroffensive is a wake-up call for the West, The Atlantic Council, August 7, 2023[36]

Under cover of the Ukrainian war, vast sweeping changes are in order for the global architecture which has secured Western hegemony for the past century and a half. The events currently playing out in Africa and the ‘global south’ dare to eclipse the significance of the Ukrainian war, which acts merely as the frosting to the revolutionary layer cake of anti-imperialist sentiment bursting forth around the world.

—Simplicius the Thinker, August 15, 2023 [3]

We already live in a post-American and post-Western world. We're in a truly multipolar one, where the group of BRICS countries are larger than the group of G7 countries....The United States still believes this is ultimately a U.S. led world with two recalcitrant actors, Russia and China, and all the rest will come along and understand the realities. In my opinion, the U.S. is a quarter century out of date. And Europe is a big disappointment. There isn't one voice in Europe right now that has a geopolitical outlook that is even intelligible. What kind of world we are heading toward is really an open question; we could be heading toward a world of massive conflict and disaster, or we could head toward a world where some intelligent, non-octogenarian leader could arise in the United States who will say: 'NATO we don't need much anymore. We do need to have normal relations with China, India, Russia, Brazil, the EU.' And then suddenly things will look quite different.

—Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, August 25, 2023. [4]

We're seeing a complete reordering of the international world. The world that was established basically by the United States, with the support of Europe in the aftermath of World War II, was an order that consisted of the United Nations, dominated by the United States, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, & other organizations that the United States called the 'international rules-based order', and yet the United States controlled it primarily because the power of the dollar. What's happened as a result of the combination of economic sanctions against Russia and the heightened escalation and rhetoric, and threats against China, coupled with the threats against Russia - it's led Russia and China to work more diligently on creating a new world order.

Larry Johnson, September 10, 2023[37]

It is now resoundingly clear that U.S. and NATO forces are going to be defeated by Russia, owing in part to the delusional arrogance and incompetence that now characterizes the political leadership of the US empire. The US military will fail, the dollar currency will fail, the Biden regime will fail and the world will denounce the dollar and the punitive weaponization of the reserve currency carried out by the US empire.

—Mike Adams, September 12, 2023

U.S. Dollar share of global reserve currencies since passage of the Magnitsky Act.[38]
The folly of arrogantly dismissing Russia’s legitimate security demands, and the cynical act of using Ukraine as a proxy army to harm Russia — and ultimately attempt to effect its dismemberment — would, in the end, result only in the end of American hegemony, the end of NATO, and the rebirth of a multipolar world....many “veterans” of the empire’s peak period (1991 – 2003) cannot grasp the cold hard reality that we are well into the story arc of an irreversible historical hinge-point. The lucre-drunken bankers are now gnawing at the carcass of the goose that laid the golden eggs: the hegemonic global dollar system which permitted the US to conjure ex nihilo unlimited amounts of “money” which they then used to purchase and consume the products of the world, and thereby export the inflationary monetary consequences across the globe.

—William Schryver, December 23, 2022.[39]

One of the most strategically significant battlefield humiliations inflicted upon NATO over the course of the Ukraine War: the progressively comprehensive defeat of their precision-guided strike missile inventory — ATACMS, HARMS, JDAMS, GMLRS fired from HIMARS, cruise missiles (Storm Shadow and SCALP). The Russians have demonstrated that they can routinely shoot down ANY species of strike missile the US/NATO can field against them — The significance of this battlefield development defies exaggeration. It alters the war-fighting calculus that has been assumed for many decades.

—William Schryver, December 21, 2023.[40]

The Obama-Biden foreign policy agenda has ushered in a new world order devoid of American strength and leadership.

—Shawn Fleetwood, The Federalist, November 14, 2023.[41]

President Biden’s provocative foreign policy towards Russia and Communist China which I have denounced as a policy of national suicide has created the greatest existential threat the US has ever faced by pushing Russia and China into an ever closer military alliance and provoking them to attack us by attempting to expand America’s sphere of influence into their backyards in Eastern Europe and Taiwan.

—David T. Pyne, September 15, 2023 [5]

Humanity is standing at a crossroads. It depends only on us how history will develop. It is in the common interest to prevent a slide into a big war and the final collapse of the mechanisms of international cooperation created by generations of predecessors.

Sergei Lavrov, September 23, 2023 [6]

The empire has blundered itself to an existential war and, therefore, the last war of the empire. When the end comes, the empire will lie as usual and declare victory, but everyone else will know the truth, especially the vassals.

—Anonymous Chinese scholar [7]

The fate of NATO and its credibility as a ‘defensive alliance’ is irrevocably intertwined with the outcome of the Ukrainian conflict, yet because NATO is, in reality, a political rather than military institution, these crucial issues will never be debated openly, as the answers would be akin to a priest announcing the nonexistence of God from the pulpit.

—Chay Bowes, September 10, 2023. [8]

I learned a lot about Putin then. 'My dog is bigger than your dog.' The lesson is: Listen carefully to what others say, don’t prejudge their sentiments, and let them speak.

George W. Bush, July 10, 2015. [9]

The influence of the G20 is diminishing and the BRICS group is gaining strength. This is the context for the modern era geopolitical dynamic that is taking place.

—Sundance, September 10, 2023. [10]

The expansion of BRICS shows the intention to build a world order alternative to the current one, which is seen as too Western.

Emmanuel Macron, August 30, 2023 [11]

The world stands at a critical juncture...Decisions made now will resonate for generations to come.

—Jai Hamid, The impact of US-Russia nuclear war on Americans, August 9, 2023

The Ukraine war signaled the end of Western hegemony.

—David Hearst, July 27, 2023 [12]

For the past 400 years, the international system has been shaped by an exclusive group of countries who have built an order designed to uphold their respective economic, commercial, technological, and military privileges. This order was built from European colonial empires, and later handed over to the US by the middle of the 20th century. It derives its power from exacerbating inequality and dominance over the states of the Global South, keeping access to capital conditional on ideological, military, and political subjugation. In maintaining this system, only states that have endorsed the order, such as for example Japan or South Korea, have been allowed to rise to prosperity, while states that have opposed it have been deliberately isolated from key financial and technological markets. The US sits atop the hierarchy, with a network of vassals who maintain their privileges by being part of the system, in particular the former empires of Britain, France, Germany and, as mentioned, Japan.

—Yang Sheng and Li Xuanmin, Sep 26, 2023 [13]

We have definitely lost the battle in the Global South. All the work we have done with the Global South [over Ukraine] has been lost . . . Forget about rules, forget about world order. They won’t ever listen to us again.

—Anonymouses senior G7 diplomat quoted in the Financial Times, October 18, 2023[42]

We were in a post-war period for 50 years where it worked pretty damn well, but that’s sort of run out of steam. Sort of run out of steam. It needs a new — a new world order in a sense, like that was a world order.

—Joe Biden, October 20, 2023[43]

The great powers will sooner or later agree on how they will live in the foreseeable future under new conditions. Washington cannot escape Russia, China and the countries of the Global South.

Dmitri Medvedev, October 29, 2023[44]

We need a generational change. I don't like to say "change of elites". People who have a different perception of what is happening around them should come to the leadership and decision-making centres. It's going to happen sooner or later....It is extremely difficult for the US ruling circles to come to terms with the changing world order. And many of them are simply organically incapable of moving away from thinking in terms of their own superiority. More and more states in the world are not inclined to ingratiate themselves with Washington.

Sergey Ryabkov, Russian deputy foreign minister, December 22, 2023.[45]

The United States and its NATO allies served notice Tuesday that they will formally suspend their participation in the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe treaty limiting conventional forces in Europe, marking the demise of another landmark arms control agreement.

U.S., NATO to Suspend Participation in Landmark Cold War Arms Treaty, Michael R. Gordon, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 7, 2023. www.wsj.com

The rapid rise of the BRICS is transforming the global economy, with the group’s share of world GDP in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) set to rise well beyond of that of the Group of Seven (G7) major advanced economies.

Bloomberg News, November 2023.[46]

This is one of the most dangerous times in the history of the United States.

Rep. Mark Green, House DHS chair, November 15, 2023.[47]

A Russian victory will cause other nations to rethink their relations with Washington.

Jake Sullivan, January 20, 2024.[48]

This war has utterly reshaped the global military and trade alliances, and the sanctions that followed have as well. And in total, they have upended the world economy. The post-world War II economic order, the system that guaranteed prosperity in the West for more than 80 years, is coming apart very fast, and along with it the dominance of the US dollar,

—Tucker Carlson, February 6, 2024.[49]

To those who don’t want to find and spend money on the production of weapons, the era of peace in Europe is over.

—Ukraine foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, February 16, 2024.[50]

The unipolar era is over. Going forward, the options are stark: the United States can selectively retrench and control costs and risks, or it can stick with global primacy and lurch from crisis to crisis.

—Stephen Wertheim, author of Tomorrow, The World: The Birth Of U.S. Global Supremacy, February 14, 2024.[51]

Russia is taking good advantage of our mistakes. The blame about double standards is something that we need to address and not only with nice words. It is clear that the wind is blowing against the West.

Josep Borrell, EU minister for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, February 18. 2024.[52]

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