Almost everyone here is missing the larger issue. At our and Russia’s insistence, the Ukraine sent to Russia for destruction (supposedly) 5000(!) nuclear munitions, in return for our assurance of protection (which was reaffirmed multiple times, most recently in 2009.)
Now, for Russia to backstab the Ukraine is expected: Just read a little history. For us, not only is it a moral issue, every “capable” country not now in the nuclear club, many because we have cajoled them to refrain, “we will protect you”, is watching.
We do not at this point need to attack Russia: There are many other effective things we can do. But if Russia’s move is not rolled back, the consequences, even if Russia does no more, are dire indeed.
Ok. That makes sense. Been watching the idiots on cable all week, and no one hammered it down.