I hate to say that you've been conned, but you have been.
Yes some have been conned. This whole situation has set off my alarm bells while freepers call me a communist.
How many more Ukrainians will petition Russia to return?
There’s no good guys in this, but Russia is, at the very minimum, behaving like a sane country.
There is an uneasy alliance between right wing nationalist soccer hooligan types and corrupt political hacks and oligarchs from the Tymoshenko faction, ie the “pro-Western” people. They are pro-Western in the same sense that Karzai and Maliki are, they will accept Western help to get power and then use that power to loot the country, just like the other political mafia does.
Obviously, this is not a stable situation.
If a free election was held now, the people who have been put in charge may well get less votes than the nationalists or even the Yanukovych people.
The situation in Ukraine will likely be chaotic for a long time, even if Russia and Ukraine settle all disputes.
“The people driving this are not interested in freedom, liberty, and American values.”
LOL ! They are doing this to take “we have to step in or these groups of armed fascists will start killing ethnic Russians” card out of Russian hand. Besides, the right to bear arms is largely American concept these days, which majority of other nations (including majority of allies, such as Israel) do not follow.