Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
There's no way we do anything more than "threaten" or sanctions. This is the kind of thing that Putin won't back down over and could escalate exponentially.
It does have some parallel to the Cuban missile crisis, where the Ukraine is Cuba, and Russia doesn't want us on their doorstep.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
This civil war would have major effects on the Global economy. Russia pipes millions of gallons of oil and natural gas to Europe through the Ukraine. Any civil war that erupts in this Russian satellite state will involve Russia and Russian forces due to the major disruption to the Russian economy since anti-Russian forces would likely target control of the pipelines for leverage. In fact it could easily be just that threat that Russia uses as an excuse to come to the aid of his puppet government.
If a full blown civil war starts it threatens the energy supply of half of Europe... which the EU states could then use as justification for getting involved.
This is the kind of event that has the capacity to cascade into very bad things for everyone.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
Putins rebuilding the former Soviet Union.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy