I know 'Russia' should be condemned but for that same reason, the US should be condemned because that can of worms you say is different, it isn't. Israel's stealing Palestinian land and then oppress the people living there. The Ukrainian seperatists want to be a sovereign nation as well and what does Ukraine do? Bomb them to hell. But because it's Israel, the US supports them and because it's Russia, the US condemns it. If it was up to Russia and most middle east nations, Tel Aviv would be a distant memory, a city in ruins, for the crimes against humanity they are committing RIGHT NOW. But America and the EU don't care, cause Israel is doing what America and the EU want.
I've often been called an anti-Semite for expressing my own criticism and misgivings about Israel, but I'm confident you deserve that label.
Since you're so insistent on crimes against humanity
, listening to your justifications for propping up the Assad regime in Syria should be entertaining at the very least.
Yanukovich was democratically elected by the majority of the Ukrainian people. That majority is now standing up to a regime they have no elected for. How democratic is that?
As concepts of democracy go, the will of the people is sovereign. There was a significant number of Ukrainians who desired closer European integration, and even though Yanukovich initially said he would sign the association agreement with the EU in exchange for badly-needed economic aid and foreign direct investment, he ignored public sentiment and went with Putin instead.
The people giveth, and the people taketh.
America, with the support of the EU and perhaps even the whole UN put tanks and soldiers on the ground in Yugoslavia, which was a sovereign nation. Then Afghanistan, then Iraq. Then it was decided that Montenegro should be split off from Serbia, which was and still is a sovereign nation. Then, to add to the insult, Kosovo was split off from Serbia as well.
The former Yugoslavia had to happen because Russia's allies - the Serbs - were perpetrating their own jolly little genocide. Dutch peacekeepers were recently found guilty for negligence at Sebrenica. Whatever happened to Russian concerns for "crimes against humanity"?
Don't start about the US condemning the interfering in a sovereign nation because they invented it. But obviously when the US does it, it's perfecly fine, because it's what they want and the EU and the UN follow America's lead. Then there is the NSA which is basically spying on the German president and the entire government. How's that for intervering in a soveign nation? What does Germany do? Tell of America and continue with their business. America is (or so they all like to believe) the all powerfull nation and nobody dares to speak up to them. Russia does. Palestinia does. Syria does. Libya did. See a trend here?
The only trend I am objectively seeing here is the desperate desire for Russian geopolitical power to be taken seriously again. Following the collapse of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact, Russia has seen what it considered to be their own backyard (eastern Europe and Baltic states) break away from Russian influence and align themselves with EU and NATO. Russian threats of utter destruction against Finland were also very recently made when Finland was making some interesting statements on wanting to join NATO.
So what America wants will somehow be justified and when Russia does it, it's automatically wrong because some people in America and in Europe and in the UN still see Russia as the bad guys.
I'm not going to defend past American wrongs, but at least the Americans have a media that has been condemning the previous administration for deceiving the country and the world with false intelligence. Hell, even Fox News turned against Dick Cheney on live television and said right in his face that, "History has proven you wrong time and time again." That nonsense surrounding Iraq 2003 has caused massive changes in attitudes towards intelligence sharing among the West. Nobody trusts American and British intelligence anymore, because everyone felt utterly cheated on 2003. You have a media that is cooking up ridiculous conspiracies to absolve Russia of any involvement in the MH17 incident. That same media is claiming that Kiev is overrun by fascists who are raising Nazi banners and looking to start another Holocaust. I have another Russian in my social media feed who is trying to convince me that there is no conflict in Ukraine at all and I must be daft for thinking that any fighting is really happening there. For the love of all that is holy, it's like Russians aren't even trying to be convincing.
Russia today said that the price for gas will increase for Europe. Now that's alright for countries like Norway, Netherlands, UK but Germany who's relying for 75% on Russian gas, they will feel it. Not to mention countries like Romania, Croatia, the Baltic States.
It's the short sightedness of the EU and the US that is costing Europe more than it does Russia.
Capital flight from Russia, credit rating devaluations, restriction of capital flows from the West and the trade ban of sophisticated technology and equipment for oil exploration in the Arctic are far worse than energy price increases. If that is all the Russians can do to Europe, it is only bringing light to the fact that the country is just a glorified petrol station, a small gun workshop at the side with little else to offer in global trade. Americans with their shale fracking can produce all the natural gas Europe can ever want for their energy needs. The Russian economy is about to suffer $1 trillion in damage. Now tell me, who's the myopic one?