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You must be kidding. About an invasion: can you tell me where in the history there was an invasion where people met soldiers as heroes, where army in that regions parties with 'attackers' and organizes a football tournament and where 97% of the voters choose to leave country?
Claims about discrimination are much different from claims of genocide threats against population. And those claims are not new. Same people that made the coup against democratic officials were making those threats for the last 15+ years. You heard leaked phone call from Tymoshenko? Few years ago she already said that if it was her decision that she would put a barbwire around Russian speaking regions. Wests favorite Tyagnibok was ousted from Svoboda because of anti-semitism in 2004. He was calling population of South Eastern Ukraine dogs and slaves for the last 15 years. Now he's back and he leads first Nazi party that has seats in the highest government position since WWII. Even Israel (few years ago) warned EU that they have to do something about him and Svoboda. Right sector made claims that they will kill Moscali as they call Russian speaking Ukrainians in the Southeastern part of Ukraine. Those slogans were among the loudest on the Maidan. And the language law was important catalyst ... You simply can not forbid people to use language that they speak from their birth and learn Ukrainian in the school as second language (this is the case in the Ukraine).
So, when people ASK for protection and get it, it's not an invasion. And btw: Yanukovich is still a president and he can legally call Russia to help him. When parliament voted him out, 'only' 72% of the parliament voted to do so when Ukrainian constitution clearly says that 75% is minimum. Someone should tell Obama and Merkel which number is to be considered in this case. So, he has the right to ask Russia for help and they have to respond because of the agreements they have.
And newest news: people of other regions are protesting and asking for Yanukovich to come back and ask Putin for help. This 'campaign' already has few tens of thousands of followers and is gaining popularity among the population of those regions. Situation in Ukraine is far from over.
But my main point was: Estonia cannot compare to Ukraine in this situation.edit on 27-3-2014 by baburak because: (no reason given)
reply to post by MrSpad
"Leave of the option to stay a part of Ukraine":
- there was an option of seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia and option to stay in Ukraine and revert back to the 1991 constitution which would gave them more autonomy
"Troops at voting booth":
- there were no troops at voting booth.
"Clear voting boxes":
- I don't even know what you mean by that.
Costs to have troops in Crimea couldn't get high. Russia already had an agreement with Ukraine that it can have up to 25.000 troops in Crimea and there were 'only' around 19 thousands. Russia has it's navy forces in Crimea for the last two and a half centuries, more time then official US has a Navy.
International observers (unofficial since EU didn't want to send theirs) of the vote said that voting was clean and without any threats. Everyone in Crimea who is older than 54, was born on Russian territory. Their kids were always thought by their parents, that the were Russians. They tried to secede from Ukraine many times since the Soviet break-up and now they had their chance. For them it is like 'going home'.
I see that your belief is based on your convictions and beliefs that Russians invaded. The case is much different. They were already there for 200+ years. Without shots fired it is not even considered to be an invasion and that is why unelected Turchinov couldn't order Ukrainian troops to open fire. And when he finally did, they refused. At least 10 highest military officials were changed and accused of being national enemies because they refused to give order to attack Russian troops because it would be illegal and mainly because they know each other. They were in the same army, they were friends, they fought together ... nobody there wants to fight (except Right Sector, members of which Turchinov included in the 'national defense team' and gave them guns, even though they make threats on a daily basis to kill Russian speaking Ukraininans).edit on 28-3-2014 by baburak because: (no reason given)