The Russian dictator continues to defy democracy and repression as he grapples with losing his puppet ally. Let there be no doubt – he has invaded the country under false pretenses and does not intend to leave. U.S. and European attempts to gain retreat will not be successful and like Georgia, Ukraine will fall beneath his army, but not before the dead accumulate. His actions will gain increased condemnation and international sanctions but they are little consequence to him for he will not retreat. It is not his nature.
UPDATED (3-16-2014) – Crimea has voted to rejoin Russia. The dictator will officially accept this and declare Crimea annexed to Russia. He is also pondering moving into Eastern Ukraine as well as further territory in the South near the border of Crimea. He is undeterred by the West and threats of sanctions. The further encroachments could lead to a confrontation directly with NATO as Ukrainian leaders have secretly discussed the previously unthinkable idea of joining this organization for security reasons.