This whole situation in Ukraine scares the crap out of me. Growing up in the 80s and 90s I see Putin and ousted Ukrainian president Yanukovich joining forces and my mind flashes back to the Cold War era and the Gulf War. On the one hand we as a country don’t want to bully our way into other countries affairs if we don’t need to be there but on the other hand we don’t want to stand back and do nothing until the situation is beyond the point of fixing. Sadly I have a feeling this won’t end well regardless but only time will tell.
(Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic.
Russia however reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect its compatriots there who were living in “terror”, Putin said. His comments lifted Russian bond markets after a panic sell-off on Monday.