Being vulnerable to destabilizing attacks by a hostile and cynical regime is a permanent situation for all of Russia's neighbors. We must keep the faith that one day the country's embattled pro-democracy movements will turn the tide and create a new, cooperative, and ultimately more stable Russia, but that time seems a long way off. Until then, Russia’s neighbors must endure and survive.
We should see absolutely clearly that today Putin aims at the destruction of Ukraine’s project of statehood to a maximum degree; Crimea is merely a starting point for a full-scale plan of action. Rational arguments about the legitimacy of Ukraine’s authorities, the absence of objective threats to the free self-expression of any ethnic groups in Ukraine, etc., don't work here.