Avles Beluskes aka Edoardo Roncelli writes
It is alleged that Russia and EU acted together. With the most of probability to a Germany which, after the WWI and WWII, has been reduced to a Great Catholic Bavaria, is it now allowed to exercise a diminished form of expansionism or is allured by someone to take pleasure in such dreams. If Putin can bring home Crimea someone can think that then is possible to bring home also the Sudeten and Eastern Prussia. And then there's Italy and her "Crimea" which is called "Istria and Dalmazia"... If Russia went back in Crimea could Renzi's Italy go back in Istria?... After seventy years of forced de-protestantization of Prussia maybe the Vatican can bear now a Germany coming back in the old possession of East.... Or at least this could be only a bait to further deceive the German foreign policy and distract Germans meanwhile the South European Catholic belt is going to explode in a sort of "South European Confederate popish state" against the North....
Crimea. Annexed by Russia in 1783. Transferred in 1954 to Ukraine to help solidify its loyalty to Russia. It's become the flashpoint of an order that was not destined to be so permanent- of Ukraine being all with Russia.
In more recent centuries that came a process starting in the 1600s to counter the alternative attachment to the west with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which in response to the Roman Catholic St. Bartholemew Day Massacre of Protestants in France, enacted the Warsaw Confederation guarantee of religious liberty in order to prevent such an occurrence within Poland. This sort of religious toleration was opposed by the Roman Catholic Church, which had sought various methods for extending its territory in Poland, particularly the 1596 creation of the 'Greek Catholic' - easter orthodox in appearance with loyalty to Rome. Hence, as Rome would respond to the Reformation of Martin Luther, it came up with the Jesuits, who chose the strategy of sacrificing Poland with the K Rebellion and the subsequent partitions that occurred with both Prussia and Russia's harboring of the Jesuit Order during its formal 1774 suppression. Indeed, the partition of Poland were but part of the recreation of the northern extension of the Eastern Roman Empire established in 880 or so with the Rus conquest of the Kiev Polans- by the mid 900s redefining these Polans as Rus. Such an entity that became Russia from Moscow would effectuate this relatively beginning under the Czars but viciously genocidal under the Bolshevik regime, murdering people throughout the old Commonwealth lands for being of some part Polish ethnicity. Recall the Stalinist targeting of the KulAKS. Read the book The Bloodlands. And recall how the borders shifted with WW2 how that ultimately targeted Protestant majority Lutheran Eastern Germany.
Flash forward to February 22, 2014. A regime change was effectuated in Kiev, via a "Maidan-Europe" movement that came with the support of the German and Polish governments that just popped up in mid November- apparently approved just days after the largest hurricane in recorded history.
So now Ukraine, which in 1991 became a separate country, has a government more leaning eastward to Russia than westward to Europe or say Poland. Note how the electorial, linquistic and political boundaries practically conform to the border of the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Note the areas of modern day Ukraine outside the Commonwealth.
As the map makes clear, there is a strong correlation between the parts of Ukraine once controlled by Poland-Lithuania and the parts of Ukraine that today vote for pro-Westerners such as Mr. Yushchenko. Although Poland-Lithuania is long gone, the vestiges of Polish influence still exist in these places, drawing western and central Ukraine closer to the West than eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea region. [emphasis added]
A few years later an agreement for Ukraine to surrender its nukes with its territorial integrity to be respected. In all this time, Crimea remains a part of Ukraine as it had since 1954, even as it like much of eastern and to a lesser degree southern Ukraine is majority Russian loyal.
from Huffington Post
Presumably a deal can be made. Putin had evinced no interest in Russian control of Crimea so long as the government in Kiev was neutral between East and West, and permanently detaching it from Ukraine tilts the country's electoral balance decisively toward the Russoskeptics. An international accord that guarantees a democratic Ukraine's territorial integrity and bars it from any military alliance, on the Finnish and Austrian model, will likely be at the heart of a resolution. And if Putin decides to proceed with Crimea's incorporation into Russia, he is signing off on NATO membership for Kiev, and other countries can permanently reject visa applications from Crimea or economic transactions with it.But just wait, as Russia seeks and works to recover more of Ukraine, in the east and the south, and this escalates, ultimately with NATO forces from the west via Poland and Romania.