I’ve been trying to figure out why Putin would go through so much trouble to ensure that Ukraine is under his control. I’m sure that ethic Russian’s can’t possibly be the right answer, he killed his own citizens within his own borders long before Crimea was in his sights.
I remember hearing about this thing called the “Eurasian Union” years ago and I started looking into it. Putin has rebuilt the Russian vision around this idea. If Putin had his way the Eurasian Union would be some sort of reconfiguration of the old Soviet Union built on a strong foundation of trade and economic practices. Something that would rival both the EU and the US, if done properly. Of course anything looks good on paper, but I think this vision will die with Putin within the next 15 years. The man is already 70 something years old, how long can he hope to live!
Ukraine would ensure the transportation of Russia’s energy resources to Europe, the drug that keeps it’s government eating out of Putins hand. A key part of Putins… And quite frankly Russians wealth. I think originally he didn’t intend for the Ukrainian people to push out Viktor Yanukovych. So now, because whatever he has planned for his “Eurasian Union” requires Ukraine under Russian control, he has been forced to resort to less discreet methods of cohesion. Lucky for Putin, neither the EU or the US seem to have much interest in stopping his invasion of Ukraine. I doubt if Ukraine had been a NATO member that Putin would be pulling the stunt he is right now in the country. He knows his country is in no shape to fight large scale war. Not yet any way…
Unfortunately for the rest of the world, Putin is no dummy. He lived in the old Soviet Union and knows the system was a bad one. Which is why the old empire didn’t last. He knows that a strong country is one that has a strong economy. And he has many obstacles to overcome before this is a reality. The first being a stead and sure income to fund all the projects it will take in order to get there. Ukraine is apart of that puzzle.
That’s how I see it anyhow… And he needs to be stopped now if we are to avoid his “Eurasian Union” from becoming a much bigger problem for the rest of the world 50 years down the road.