So much for good news coming out of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s interior ministry accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” on Friday, saying Russian troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two airports on its strategic Crimea peninsula.
Ukraine’s parliament sent an urgent plea to the U.N. Security Council for a meeting on the crisis and adopted a resolution demanding Russia halt actions it says are aimed at splitting Crimea from the rest of the country.
Now, I’m no member of the Brookings Institution or anything like that, but it appears to me very much like Russia is in the process of setting up an excuse to annex the Crimea. Oh, I suspect that if enough of a stink is made we’ll see the full independence of the ‘Autonomous Republic of Crimea,’ which is a polite way of saying ‘Russia will set up another client state like that of South Ossetia*.’ Annnd we’ll probably let them do that, because the current administration doesn’t actually care. Either way, might makes right in this wonderful new world order, huh?
I really do hope that the rest of the planet is taking notes about what happens when you successfully convince us unilateralist cowboy nations to take it easy for a lost decade. I really, really do.
*As a reminder, the Georgia-Russian thing was largely about the former trying to removing what was essentially a Russian client state from Georgian territory. The Georgians failed. This, on the other hand, is the actual acquisition of strategic territory.