There are posters with Serbian sympathies here who seem to feel this os a replay of Kosovo. Which I agree is Serbian. This is different this is about controlling europes energy market. Where is this area Putin’s concentrating on ? Here is a map of european shale finds http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3141958/posts
Note the eastern border between White Russia (Belaruss) and Russia. Are those towns mentioned within or near that area ? If they are he’s after keeping shale oil for companies Putin and his Ruussian Oligarch buddies run and from the Ukrainian people.