FFS, Buzzfeed, get it straight. Russia did not invade Crimea—they’re using an already-stationed force (which they’re allowed to have there) to keep an eye on the border in response to the US’s latest attempt to destabilize the rest of the world. Here’s just the start of what else you’re missing: -For a few years the EU has been trying to force Ukraine into Greece-style penury via financial loans from the IMF—a deal that would have put Ukraine into debt slavery and allowed its funds to be looted by Western bankers. The USA had invested $5 billion in forcing Ukraine toward the deal in various ways, but Yanukovych still opposed it. He announced he’d be getting aid from Russia instead since it didn’t come with those self-destructive strings attached. -The Yanukovych government (corrupt as it was) was democratically elected. Its overthrow was a violent coup totally illegal under Ukrainian and international law. -The overthrow was created, instigated and funded by Washington after months of meddling. However, Washington hasn’t been able to control its violent extreme right-wing, fascist, neo-Nazi friends, more than a few of them devoted to ethnically cleansing Ukraine of Russians and Jews. As you can imagine, getting into power hasn’t made them decide to act any nicer. And that’s still only part of why the situation is so screwed up. -The takeover of Crimea was sparked because the new usurpers in the new Ukraine government passed a law eliminating Russian as the place’s official language—which is the first step on the way to campaigns of discrimination, persecution, loss of citizenship and impoverishment for Crimea’s Russian majority. Everyone in the neighborhood remembers that’s what happened in a bunch of the former Soviet republics after the USSR’s collapse in 1991 when they passed similar laws. Therefore Russia had a direct interest in protecting the Russian majority in Crimea from the murderous mayhem Washington unleashed there (see here for a more thorough look). Washington has been provoking Russia for years (surrounding it with missile bases and creating the mess Georgia started back in ‘08 among other things). Now they’ve lit a powder keg right on Russia’s border and Putin is defending his security and interests in the most reasonable way possible (so far). This article was a decent showing for half an hour of googling, but you didn’t dig nearly deep enough.