I understand your thoughts though.
It isn't their country, not Russia.
As the Ukrainian government was usurped through a coup, it's open season, everything is fair game.. Good on Russia...
Every time Saddam Husein ordered his military to violate that cease fire agreement by trying to shoot down U.S. and UK aircraft that were enforcing the no fly zone, it was an act of war against the USA and the UK.
Now if the 1998 "Iraq Liberation Act" passed by the Democrats controlled Congress and signed into law by President Clinton who called for regime change in Iraq and so did Hillary was legal or not ??? G.W. Bush just enforced the law of the land passed by Democrats and signed into law by Clinton, regime change in Iraq.
In the end for Russia its better to have a bull**** validation of their actions than no validation at all.
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