Which changes nothing! The Russians and the Russian-speaking Ukrainians are not going to forget that the coup government's first priority was to try to abolish their language. They may have already set up a situation where it is impossible to prevent the breakup of the Ukraine that was predicted back during the fall of the Soviet Union.Likewise, the "Ukrainian only" laws for Russian areas have been rescinded.
I noticed right from the start, that when I tuned in to the news from the other side: on RT, back during the early days of the protests, there were short videos of protest-training camps where demonstrators were being instructed in hand-to-hand combat, and how to use projectiles and shields. The only thing missing was guns...and that was back in the early days and weeks of the demonstrations. The demonstration video shown on U.S. TV news, did not show the storming of public buildings by rioters who looked almost like military police because they had the same equipment! Who outfitted them for the demonstrations? And what credibility do any pro-Ukrainian apologists have to contend that these were peaceful demonstrations until the riot police acted against them. The truth was that the police were taking casualties as they were being surrounded and isolated by rioters, and had to often act in self defense to save their own lives. None of these videos of the assaults by demonstrators in Kiev and other capitals were ever seen on the MSM.That aside, I think you have some good points. At some point, legitimate protesters in Kiev did turn into rioting right wing "Pushters".
It has become plainly evident from what I've seen lately, that the only Ukrainian supporters in Crimea are the minority Tatars, while the Russians in Crimea will likely go for full amalgamation back with Russia to prevent a Ukrainian takeover of their state.If the Russians want Crimea and are so sure the Crimeans want them, then give a fair referendum on it with no loaded ballot options, no booted parliametarians, Crimean indepedence as an option on the ballot -it is about the Crimeans right? And...no Russian militia men supervising the "voting".
I think Putin has so far, indicated that he is going to go hard and straight at the U.S. and European allies in any future cold war or hot war. I would guess that if he was losing a conventional war with the U.S. and Crimea was about to fall, that the nukes would be soon to follow.That question needs to be asked to the Russians as well. My guess is that the answer to both questions is "no".