Seldom in recent history ? and that is saying a lot ? have we witnessed a more transparently stupid, and in the final analysis, suicidal act of statecraft.
Despite what you might have heard or read over the last six months, the goings on in Ukraine have virtually nothing to do with democracy or Putin's supposed desire to reconstruct the Soviet Union, and everything to do with the US need to eke out a few more years of world hegemony by sowing chaos among the nations, or emerging coalitions of nations, it sees as having any ability to put a check on its now largely unchecked military and financial power.
As Putin's advisor, Sergei Glaziev, said in a wonderfully succinct manner a few days ago, this is all about the US desire to destroy the peaceful, and until now, quite mutually beneficial set of relations between post-Soviet (and post-Yeltsin) Russia and the nations of the EU.