We have an determined autocracy which seeks to buttress its influence, regain territory, and increase its relative strength when arrayed against the West. Firm steps have to be taken to reinforce faith in the US security guarantee, to create a limit to the maximum Russian advance, and coordinate resistance. Otherwise we'll continue to see Russia carve out influence in driblets until one day soon you'll have a re-established pro-Moscow regime in Kiev, Transnistria re-absorbed into Russia, and Russian bases on the frontier of Central Europe in western Ukraine.
Ukraine needs to be a line in the sand and we've utterly failed to step up to the task.
What is wrong with got people? Don't you know a plane is missing?
It's on CNN right now 24/7, and their ratings are skyrocketing. You're missing the real story.
Now stop wasting bandwidth with this trivial nonsense.
They are not an industrial power by any stretch. They are nowhere near the military power the USSR was, and after the inevitable fall of the USSR, it turns out they weren't even the military power their propaganda suggested they were at the time.
Short of the nuke arsenal, they don't have much, other than a leader it appears many are afraid of.
To her Wall Street owners: Hillary Clinton: “But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. so, you need both a public and a private position.” - Hillary Clinton: "I'm kind of far removed from the struggles of the Middle Class"
"If you can't stand the way this place is, Take yourself to higher places!"
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Hilliary Clinton/Tim Kaine 2016
Furthermore, while you are correct that Russia is trying to buttress its influence and increase it's relative strength against the West, you have completely ignored the fact that the West is trying to do the same against Russia. Again, how else do you expect them to respond? And as far as regaining territory with regards to Crimea, I doubt we would be discussing this if Nuland had not dismantled the government of Yanukovych.
That said, you are correct when you say we have to make it absolutely clear that we will stand up to any further Russian advances. But the truth is that the preponderance of the blame for this incident lies with the US. It was a big mistake.