The key to Russia power is the Ukraine. It is a massive natural resource base - from uranium to food to oil and gas to strategic position. Crimea is vital to Ukraine prosperity and national defense. Ukraine is not viable as a country without Crimea, nor is it defensible without Crimea. Lose of Crimea reduces Ukraine to beggars.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
...what? For the third time: would you accept the validity of a referendum conducted under US supervision that resulted in 95% of the population voting in favor of the thing the US supported?If they did it with no referendum at all. He had things as he needed them the fair and honest way, but the West couldn't deal with that. ****ed it all up, now Putin is taking charge of things.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.