With help comes greater degrees of influence. A lot better an option than leaving it all up to the crooks whom may win on their own (I still think Ukrainians are pretty tough fighters) and then would not care to hear about other countries opinions and may in turn become a Nazi stronghold, a vacuum potentially waiting to be influenced from a 4th or 5th world party (including future Islamic countries like ISIS since Hitler liked Islamic extremists).
But you know what? How about I offer a compromise? Russia can keep the predominantly Russian half of Ukraine for a mutually acceptable compensation, and Western Ukraine gets to join NATO. That sound fair? Russia gets to *cough* protect native speaking Russians, and Kiev gets the backing of the west. Then in a few years when Russia is again a failed state and can't support Eastern Ukraine, they can rejoin the West just like Germany did.
Last edited by Hamster Buddha; 02-10-15 at 05:21 AM.
There will be no nuclear war over Ukraine and the paranoia pitch is the most desperate support of Putin.
As it is, the outbreak of violence would be provoked by a large minority that would be supplied and supported by Russian volunteers. That would be far less likely, if there were tanks and armor breaking weapons right there. As long as you have to ask the Germans to act, you run the risk that they will call for talks till it is too late and Crimea is gone.