Thanks to Baloogan and Sunburn and Myk and many others for their many great posts!
What happens in ukraine is tragic but unavoidable. 3 empires struggle over influence spheres: the US-UK empire, the EU empire and the russian empire. it is a very complex and bad situation, that cannot be resolved with military options. see history and nukes for that (napoleon, hitler, MAD)... but i weep for the people who have lost their homes, their jobs, their loved ones. 5000 or more are dead now. on all sides.
This is a low-intensity civil war, despite the propaganda claims of russian and NATO invasion. Because of failures in the past and bad governments that doomed ukraine to become a poor nation, and now a failed state, also corruption at every level and greedy oligarchs, the fanatics on either side ignited a civil war.
If i would model that in CMANO, i would use small units (max. batallion size) with lots of infantry and irregular units. some armor, few sams, very few aircraft. most of the inventory is not serviced properly, breaks down often, also takeover of enemy equipment is frequent, especially from demoralized units.
objectives for the blue side (west ukraine forces):
retake donezk, lugansk, later crimea (with NATO help?)
objectives for the red side (east ukraine separatists):
defend donezk, lugansk, etablish a buffer zone to the west ukraine (with help from russia?)
several scenarios required (three or four)
some actual events here (beware some of it is propaganda!):
have to sleep on this... im so sad now
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.