One could be tempted to view the overthrow of Ukraine’s government as a signal that the country is entering a new era, moving inexorably away from Russia and into the European democratic fold. But Ukraine remains subject to deep internal cleavages and conflicting geopolitical forces that could easily thwart that trajectory.
Napoleon is said to have cautioned during an 1805 battle: ?When the enemy is making a false movement we must take good care not to interrupt him
Even though Ukraine is not a member of Nato ? and therefore is not covered by the alliance?s mutual defence treaty ? the west has signed a series of bilateral agreements with Kiev over the last 20 years in which it has agreed to help protect Ukraine?s territorial integrity.
A few good reads on how to respond to Russia regarding Ukraine:
People gather in Kyiv’s Independence Square, Ukraine, Feb. 28, 2014. [AP Photo]