The Russian threat has now spread from Crimea to eastern Ukraine. Russian troops and pro-Russian “protesters” have now attacked, and in most cases taken over, police stations and other government buildings in ten Ukrainian cities in clearly coordinated efforts. The Ukrainian military has not responded…yet. But when they do, and they will, Russia will drop the hammer, and once again we will have Russian tanks rolling into countries that do not belong to them. (Just like when we do it! Yay!)
This has gone from yet another big-bully-nation / small-nation eye-roll to something very disturbing. Russia is still a military superpower, with more nukes than the U.S., and Putin clearly is going to do whatever the hell he wants, and Obama and the Europeans clearly aren’t going to do anything other than shake their heads and wag their fingers. (Like Putin gives a shit.)
As I said before, I fully support provinces in Ukraine seceding from greater Ukraine if the majority of those citizens want to do so, but this is not what’s going to end up happening. Russia is taking over the Ukraine by force, slowly but surely. This is the last thing the world needs right now.
What should America do? It should not get involved militarily in any way. It should not send troops, planes, or bombs. It also should not supply the Ukrainians with weapons, and it certainly shouldn’t be sending money to Ukraine, although we already have. This is an eastern European problem, not an American one. Let Europe handle this.
That being said, it would probably be okay to share intelligence and other military data with the Ukrainians. If we “accidentally” sent them satellite data on locations of Russian military assets, I certainly wouldn’t shed a tear.