The Ukrainian President has been removed from office.
Former Prime Minister [and oligarch?] Yulia Tymoshenko has been released from prison.
…and Russia has begun an armed invasion.
Those are the images seen from the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula today — Russian Spetsnaz gunships landing in civilian airports, Russian soldiers crossing the border on foot, and reports of telecommunications sabotage.
These events happening in just a matter of hours all begs the question: what’s next for the former Soviet republic?
With the so-called Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as Russian
Chairman President Vladimir Putin’s brainchild of the Eurasian Union, which is billed as an European Union-answer to post-Soviet states; to which its own stated policy seems to be more a 21st century answer to the USSR than another EU — this apparent military takeover of a pro-West/pro-European Union nation seems to be more a politically self-serving move for Putin than an allied military entering to assist a nation to restore order.
Former NATO Supreme Commander General Wesley Clark states this is “an armed invasion.” Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UN has said that his nation is prepared to defend itself, and urged the UN to support it. This isn’t a nation who’s “friend” is entering to “assist” the government in Kiev.
So… what now?