From: PDX (and now) London, UK
From what I've read, the people of Crimea want to leave the Ukraine and join Russia. Solution - let them. Self-determination and all that stuff.
Think of it his way. Suppose that Maine wanted to leave the US and join Canada. As long as the Canadians are willing to take them, they should be allowed to go. No need for military action. Just a simple vote by the people involved. Isn't that the whole principle behind democracy?
Think of it this way. What if Texas wanted to become a republic again, go it alone? Do you think the US would allow that? With the resources, positioning and size of Texas?
Could the Ukraine exist economically without the Crimea? I don't know, but that area is both strategically and economically important to it, and the area that they're showing on the news that's more Russian speaking and aligned politically with Russia is about 1/3 or more of the country, not just Crimea. Pretty tough to just let that go for the Ukraine.
I'd say if the Texans want to separate, then they should be allowed to do so. I've never met a separatist movement I would not support. I guess that's because my country was founded on a separatist movement. Americans would have to be complete hypocrites to not be supportive of people trying to free themselves from governments they don't accept.
As an Englishman though, I bet you see things a bit differently. For a couple hundred years or so, your nation fought freedom movements tooth and nail (and it looks like you've got another one in the works with the Scots at it again).
Born: Portland, OR USA - 1971
On one side of the family my ancestors came to Jamestown in 1650, on another, my grandmother was born in Norway and moved to Minnesota at age 4.
If you think 'Americans would be hypocrites to not be supportive of people trying to free themselves from governments they don't accept' I'd reccommend some reading. If it's in our interests we're all behind them. If not ...
My point being, the Crimea has incredible importance to both sides there, Russia and the Ukraine. You can't use Maine as a credible example, but even if you did, I don't think the US would willingly let it go either. Sorry.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill