Russia Declares War On Ukraine! Really?

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by Basil Ajith

 
There you have it! 
Putin’s done it. 
They’re going to war, 
We’re going to war! 
God be with them, 
May God be with them.

No, stop Googling; I just made the rhyme up.

Russia’s going to war with Ukraine (Now, this is one hilarious article!). Actually, no express declaration of war was made by Putin (watch the interview here). What he  said was, that

Russia will not go to war with the people of Ukraine, but will use its troops to protect citizens, if radicals with clout in Kiev now try to use violence against Ukrainian civilians, particularly ethnic Russians.

And this was interpreted by the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk as a declaration of war by Russia.

According to an Ukranian expert, Putin already had a project of bringing together a Russian version of the European Union and Ukraine had other plans. So, an armed intervention to exert some pressure on Ukraine seems plausible to the former KGB functionary and incumbent President of Russia. Putin even justified his actions on an alleged request for armed support by the Ukranian Prime Minister.

Anyway, the situation’s tense; the media’s ready (as always), scholars have braced up, and even refugees from Ukraine have started flowing in to Russia. May God be with them.