First and foremost, by instantly recognizing a government that came to power in an armed coup supported by a few thousand extremist fighters (plus maybe 50k onlookers) as the one and only legal representative of all 45 million Ukrainian people.
Then we can talk about huge media bias, economic aid, diplomatic support, etc. Basically it's easier to list the one way they did not support the rebels = by direct military action.
You know, i find it hard to understand how "stopping a country collapsing" is "being one sided".
Not to mention ofcourse, didnt the new government say it would hold elections as soon as it was able to keep the region stable?
Eh? UN doesn't even recognize Crimea. Or any other splitter states, other than Muslim terrorists in Bosnia.
Why would it recognise a region for independance when it hasnt gone into a full scale demand for this? As for the comment of muslims, well, whatever, but considering they also wish to accept places like the Falklands as independant in the past, well, its possible they could, and considering the top 5 in the UN, im sure something could be figured out if done in a fair way.
When the "international community" (AKA US, EU, and assorted flunkies) seems to be wholly on the side of your enemy, one needs to be completely delusional to trust them.
Enemy is a strong word. I would think that the EU isnt the enemy of a great many in the Crimea, EG the Tatars and those who dont want to join russia again.
THAT I can sorta agree with. It woulda probably been more beneficial for Putin diplomatically to wait until bodies start piling up, then go in. Guess he's either too bold, or suddenly sentimental.
Wait for bodies, lets not forget how Putin protected a government that was making bodies in the past few years ofcourse, or how well, lets see, were bodies about to pile up? I mean, dont get me wrong Ukraine went into a big issue, but i dont think there was about to be mass killings of people in the Crimea to the scale people suggest....
You seriously believe that first part? Don't you remember South Ossetia, where Georgia did just what you described, and were whole-heatedly supported by the West?
Last i checked the UK and many others didnt support it actually overall and were in fact on the Russians side for that 1 and refused to comment till facts were known other then reporting that russians had basically invaded the region which is factual.
I was obviously speaking from the viewpoint of Crimean population, not my own.
You assume that is what all crimeans think, i suspect many dont and the footage coming out and the information is fairly suspect as to how well the minority are being looked after.
I personally don't need to actually ponder the merits of EU military occupation or taking the referendum issue to the UN, because I am not a Crimean resident.
EU military occupation....