What to know about Putin’s false claim that Russia had to prevent the West from arming Ukraine with nukes
Vladimir Putin claimed the US would arm Ukraine with nuclear missiles in a speech before Russia invaded in February 2022, but the evidence doesn’t support his claim. The United States actively worked to denuclearize Ukraine in an agreement with Ukraine and Russia.
Saying the US obstructed negotiations deflects from Russia's history of violating agreements
Conversations that shift blame to Ukraine for not negotiating again deflect from Russia's unilateral role in its conflict with Ukraine. It also ignores the false claims Russia makes (see over 6,000 misleading stories about Ukraine) to justify its illegal conquest.
"Peace" groups ignore that successful illegal conquest is a recipe for much more war
The current international norms are demonstrably more peaceful, judged by the number of deaths per capita in state-based conflicts, than before and during the World Wars. After World War 2, to prevent such catastrophic loss of life, the international community generally accepted that combat victory would not lead to the transfer of rights.