Thank you for the question.

Russian leaders make the point that the conflict did not begin in February last year. It began eight years before, in February 2014.

That's when an elected Ukrainian President (Viktor Yanukovych) was overthrown in Kyiv by ethnonationalist paramilitaries.

Whether you call what happened a coup, a revolution, or an insurrection, it was vigorously resisted in regions that voted for Yanukovych.

The post insurrection regime was never accepted in the major eastern cities Donetsk and Lugansk, or in Crimea.

Since then, governments in Kyiv have made repeated attempts to bombard Donetsk and Lugansk into submission.

Russia tried to negotiate with the Kyiv régime and its western allies, resulting in the Minsk agreements. But these agreements were never implemented by Kyiv.

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ChatGPT's story about the time machine contains a historical error. Its premise is that the assassination of Abraham Lincoln triggered the American Civil War. This is clearly wrong, since Lincoln was alive and well when the Civil War broke out in April 1861. He was killed four years later, as the war was finishing. Robert E. Lee, the most important Confederate general, had already surrendered... It looks like the sort of mistake a human would make, so I'd be interested to know whether the error was in your prompt, or whether the AI system got this wrong by itself?

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Colin Robinson

Someone who likes sharing factual information and fragments of the big picture