The Crimea had a referendum that overwhelmingly chose to become part of Russia. Same with the Donetsk region.
And if America had not encouraged the original rebels to overthrow the corrupt but legitimately elected government in Kiev back then, NONE of this would have happened. All these idiots had to do was wait a few months and legally throw out the guy...but no.
The mess in the Ukraine is more toi do with the rebels that illegally overthrew the government (and the West that backed them to do it) then anything Russia has done.
And so Russia is backing the rebels. Well duh.
And what would America do if a region in Mexico overwhelmingly voted to join America but the government in Mexico used it's military to try and stop it by killing it's own people? Do you think America would support the Mexican rebels trying to join America with arms shipments? Again...well duh.
Russia is no saint and Putin is a pig. But America is staggeringly hypocritical if it thinks Russia is the world's bad guys in terms of running around and bombing people at will. Look in the mirror America (neo-cons in particular). You are FAR more of the cause for world troubles then Russia could ever dream of being.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
Americans increasingly don't care about Russia, because the Cold War is over, and no amount of fearmongering by the older generations is going to change that.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
Testimony to the success of the anti Russian propaganda effort in the last year or so...
Many americans I know are also scared, worried, afraid of ISIS. Orwell was so damn prescient.
Borders are not "mere suggestions". This tenat is a core principle of international relations and a cornerstone of the UN Charter.
Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia
Basically, Russia continued annexing various countries such as: Chechnya, Northern Georgia, Eastern Ukraine, etc., in a classic medieval conquering the weak style.
The only exception is that Ukraine aint no Georgia!