According to Reuters (“Crimea Votes To Join Russia, Accelerating Ukraine Crisis”):
“The EU summit in Brussels seemed unlikely to adopt more than symbolic measures [against Russia] . . . . The European Commission has announced an aid package of up to 11 billion euros ($15 billion) for Ukraine over the next couple of years provided it reaches a deal with the International Monetary Fund, entailing painful reforms like ending gas subsidies.”
The Russian’s will take Crimea by implied force and the West will take the western Ukraine by monetary subjugation. The eastern Ukraine’s fate remains to be discovered. Either way, the former Ukraine will lose some or all of its former sovereignty.
The major powers of the world have allegedly promised to “help” the Ukraine, but no one will truly help the Ukrainians remain independent or sovereign. Instead, the big predators will carve up the Ukraine like a dead water buffalo.