So, for those who have missed all the news regarding this:
* The Ukraine has been gripped with violent protests for a while now, with citizens initially rebelling against what they felt was an overreaching government.
* Part of that sentiment was a western-minded population opposing mostly Russian-influenced "puppet" leaders. A culture clash. Because Russia has exerted a great deal of influence over the Ukraine ever since the Soviet breakup.
* Tensions have continued to rise. Especially in the region of Crimea, which is very pro-Russia.
* Basically, the large western region of Ukraine wants to join Europe and break at least some of its ties to Russia. Crimea and the eastern population wants to stay under Russian influence. Threats of civil war. Crimea would - if their supporters succeed -- either become an autonomous state under Russian influence, or become part of Russia.
* Russia approved a measure that would allow their troops to.... "liberate and suppress" the situation in the Ukraine. Which basically means invasion.
* They have not yet sent them in.
* The Russian council also debated pulling the Russian ambassador out of the US, though this has not yet happened. Which could mean that Russia expects us to come to a fierce standoff / to blows. Or, perhaps more realistically, it's just meant to be an insult (in response to the US saying there would be "repercussions" for Russia getting involved).
* US big-wigs have been in meetings all day, trying to come up with some kind of action plan.
.....So, basically, there's a slight potential for military action -- with a slighter risk of WW3 happening, no big deal. But more realistically, they're going to do diplomacy and sanctions and whatnot. But the Russians won't care about that, which means they'll be all over the Ukraine and that Crimea will likely come under their full control. Kind of like what happened in Georgia a few years ago.
Opinions on situation?