The Cold War is dead,. Long live the Cold War. Its still glowing embers are being sfoked again. And Ukraine is bearing the brunt of it. So who is the guilty party? Is it just Russia? Is there anyone who has not sinned to hurl the first stone at Moscow? Unfortunately none. The pr4oblem did not start yesterday or today. It all began with the reunification of Germany when Russia was given the assurance that there would be no eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after that. by US Secretary of State James Baker. President Bush junior broke that promise and he and his successors merrily recruiting former Soviet bloc states and ex-soviet states that had seceded from Russia. The problem is US wants to be the world's sole superpower and will not brook any competition. The aim of the expansion was to surround Russia and restrict its influence. Did they think that would not ring alarm bells in Moscow? Now Nato, AS American PROXY WAS virtually knocking at Moscow's door. It only needed to rope in Ukraine and Georgia to completely surround Russia. Now Ukraine had a Russia-friendly government until 2014 when it was thrown out by abn uprising, which Moscow alleged,. was US engineered. Well, knowing Washington's past record, one wouldn't put that beyond Uncle Sam. The successor regime was not only Russia unfriendly but Russian-unfriendly. In a Pogrom in the Donbas region of Ukraine 14,000 ethnic Russians were massacred by rightwing Ukrainian militias When Ukrainians voted to secede from Russia, the majority in Donbas voted against it but overall, the vote went in favor of secession. But the people of Donbas kept a separatist movement going and kept the conflict warm with Kyiv. Do you expect Russia to watch twiddling its thumbs such ethnic cleansing? While in principle, any invasion or of another country is condemnable , sometimes it may be necessary like a bitter pill, Think of India's creation of Bangladesh from the then East Pakistan. Similarly Putin recognized the independence of two Russian states in the Donbas region of Ukraine. Now Russian demand is quite simple. Ukraine must refrain from joining NATO. Perfectly legitimate demand keeping in view Moscow's security considerations , particularly its alarm over being surrounded by potentially hostile states. the invasion took place only after 29 rounds of negotiations failed. Even now, Russia is willing to negotiate and has posted a team of negotiators in Belarus. But Ukraine remains stubborn . In one moment of truth Ukrainian President admitted that those nations which made lip service to supporting Ukraine didn't even lift a finger to help it. So what is keeping him from negotiating. Maybe America supporters are holding a gun to his back? So who is innocent here? Not Moscow because of the massive destruction it is causing/ Not the western NATO alliance which is using Ukraine as a pawn to keep Russia in check and certainly not Ukraine too for its crimes against humanity in the Donbas region. Now the question is, does the world really need a Cold War remnant like NATO WHICH IS TRYING TO KEEP ITS FLAME BURNING? It should have been disbanded after the Cold War like the pro-Soviet Warsaw Pact was, That would have kept the big power games in check.