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Comment Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 304

The West declared the cold war, not the Soviet Russia. Actually the cold war period is so short as compared to very long history of Russia-Western relationships. The cold war period can be neglected for insignificance. All petty differences pale when compared to the defeat of Nazi Germany. If Russia had failed to defeat Nazis at Stalingrad, at Moscow and generally at the front, we would had no Jew these days in Europe, not one. And genocide for other nations. Nazis killed many. Imagine what they would have done if they had won.
You've got no other friend like this like Russia.
And mark my words. Should neocon madmen succeed in isolating Russia, the fragile world, peace, the USA, and the world economy will go down to hell.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 304

Chechnya voted for Putin with 95+ per cent in the last presidential elections. They enjoy Russian citizenship with all the money they get from the central budget and they want to be in Russia. You may forget the Chechnya argument.

>Crimea does not even have a land connection to Russia.

The Crimea has had centuries as a Russian land officially since 1783, unofficially even longer when fighting with Turkey for the peninsular.

>Russia is simply exercising their military muscle to do a land grab

There was no 'grab', no military actions, at least no civilian got hurt, not one in the Crimea. Live and learn how to deal with ppl. Then again, Russians and Ukrainians are almost one nation. No one wants hostilities except for some foreign sponsors that gave away billions $ to nazi guerrillas allegedly for the sake of "democracy". What a shame.

The peaceful and well organized with all the legal procedures self-determination of the peoples has everything to with ppl's freedom, benefit and legitimacy.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 304

1. The Crimea is the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, their being under Ukraine is very conditional. It has government and it has its own parliament. The Crimea decided to part when the junta that grabbed power in Kiev issued orders and made appointments in the Crimean police violating the laws of the Crimea. Such appointments could have been made only with the agreement with the local government. That right was rudely violated.
2. The constitution of Ukraine has nothing to do with the right to the self-determination of the ppl in the Crimea. They divorced. Russia agreed with the cessation, thus the Crimea is no longer Ukraine for Russia.
3. Yes, I believe it's honest, all the polls showed that attitude right before the referendum.
4. Military forces is the people living there. Imagine that: within one family brothers served in Ukrainian and Russian Armies. When the time came to defend the family and all their friends they just left their bases to join the local self-defending forces.
5. The source of power is people, putins come and go. The main thing is what people decides. Crimea decided to be with Russia. So be it.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 304

So far it's the Crimea who has moved to and invaded Russia with all the mutuality. If the Ukranian unrest persists, the ppl of the Ukraine will flee to Russia as to a safe haven or they will rise to stand up to the junta. The junta in Kiev is almost penniless. I think the rise of the ppl is inevitable with either the subsequent joining with Russia or staying formally independent like Ossetia, for example.

Comment Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 304

I did not mention the whole West. But the US-Russia relations saw really good days. Especially in the beginning when both countries confronted the British Empire in the 19th century. And IMO anything is nothing when compared to WWII.
Btw, actions speak louder than words: it is Russia that prevented the US from engaging in war with Syria and thus Iran making it too close to WWIII with heavy casualties. Russia has helped. It is Russia who declined to extradite Snowden. His revelations can help the US remain a free nation. And so on. Russia IS friend.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 304

It's absurd to recognize the coup in Kiev as legitimate shift of power. So there's no such thing as a legitimate authority in Ukraine except for the Yanikovoch who is now a refugee government.
According to the Intentional law the self-determination of peoples is quite enough and does not require any approval from any other authority to decide on separation. And the people decided. The polls, the referendum, the ppl themselves rejoicing, and the common sense prove it.

Comment Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 304

Honestly I don't get the stance of some ppl from the US against Russia.
Russia is the best friend and has been the most loyal, the strongest and the most valuable ally for the USA. Really. At times of apocalyptic events Russians and Americans stood together. It was before and it may be again when we have to save the Earth itself. Nobody can help the US but Russia when things get hot. Alienating Russians is what make things worse.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 304

Russia is not threatening, all that the Russians say is that some ppl have gone mad supporting crazy nationalists who overthrew the legitimate authorities and democratically elected president Yanukivich. Nobody denies that. Nobody elected the people who now pretend to be representing Ukrainian authority.
They are but usurpers and they are backed by crazy ppl like McCain. The ppl in pro-Russian provinces dread the crazy nationalists de-facto in power in Kiev and are not willing to put up with that. They are revolting.

Comment Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 0) 304

>Russia annexed the province by use of force.

Not, really. That's not true.
No external force from mother Russia was used, no force at all except of the people of the Crimea itself who sought independence from the current radical regime in Kiev and defended the people from the hostilities of the radicals.

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