I figure it this way; if Russian tanks stop at the east bank of the Dnieper River, fine. After all, that part of Ukraine is heavily Russian.
If the tanks are in Lviv (right on the Polish/Ukrainian border), there could be a big problem. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania - all of whom share a border with Ukraine - are all NATO member states.
Poland is getting nervous right now. And Lithuania and Latvia are set to invoke Article IV of the NATO Treaty, and I suspect Poland is going to add to that chorus real soon.
I believe this is about saving face, Russia can’t allow Ukraine to leave without something in return, especially, The Crimea, that if not for Khrushchev trying to make nice with the Ukrainian subjects he ruled over at Stalin’s behest, would not have even belonged to it in the first place.
Best case scenario a new deal will be worked out allowing Ukraine to join EU/NATO in exchange for ceding The Crimea back to Russia.
Now if they can’t make that deal, we’ve got problems.
bottom line -— obozo is a little twinkie and putin knows it
I don’t know why they care who the Ukraine cozies up to. How does it harm them? How does it affect Russian interests? It’s not like the Ukrainians pose a military threat to the Russians or for that matter any threat of any kind. I guess I just don’t think like an imperialist.
Britain and France did nothing when the aggressor of the 30’s annexed Austria as they were German speaking people anyway.
Hitler re-entered the Rhineland. ironically, after hosting the Winter Olympic Games.
Then Czechoslovakia. The weak-kneed western world did very little, but they did draw a RED LINE at Poland.
Then the Nazi’s rolled over Poland.
The rest is history. The little military genius and community organizer lost, of course, but it was bloody hell.
Parts if the US are heavily Mexican
Parts of Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia were heavily German in the 30’s...
this justifies nothing