"Mr Medvedev, quoted by Russian news agencies, suggested that Western countries that accepted Ukraine's new authorities were mistaken. A stand-off continues between those who back the Maidan protests and those opposed. The capital is finally at peace. But running beneath this return to relative normality is an uncertainty and disquiet over what will happen next. The mood here is cautious. One man, Sasha, told us he wouldn't mind reunification with Russia. Crimea: Ukraine's next flashpoint? Nervous uncertainty across Ukraine "The legitimacy of a whole number of organs of power that function there raises great doubts. "Some of our foreign, Western partners think otherwise. This is some kind of aberration of perception when people call legitimate what is essentially the result of an armed mutiny." He added: "We do not understand what is going on there. There is a real threat to our interests and to the lives of our citizens." Ukraine's foreign ministry quickly responded to Mr Medvedev's concerns for Russian citizens in Ukraine, saying they were "unfounded". However, Russia's foreign ministry also issued a strongly worded statement saying a "forced change of power" was taking place in Ukraine and accused interim leaders of passing new laws "aimed at infringing the humanitarian rights of Russians and other ethnic minorities"." BBC
It seems to me that the odds on Russian military intervention in Ukraine are about 50/50 at this point. It seems very unlikely that the Russian government believes that the US would go to war over Ukraine. The Russians still have over 1,000 thermonuclear armed ICBMs. No matter how crazy McCain and the neocon priesthood may be, Obama is not a madman. Only he, as Commander in Chief, could initiate hostilities and he will not do it. The Russians are smart enough to know that. This gives them a free hand in Ukraine.
Does anyone here have access to private satellite photograhy that might indicate Russian deployments? pl