@Winger mistake or not....like it or not...it was recognised by the rest of the world as part of Ukraine....so invade is the correct term
Its still theft if you take back a present after you've given it to someone else, regretting a decision doesnt change anything, theres no 30 year money back guarantee
if its a key port 30 years after losing it (ie haven't made another one somewhere else)...then more fool them
but you also havent answered the question....what happens if they DONT invade/reclaim Crimea? you say they had no choice so im assuming the whole country falls apart?
In this real world being nice and proper doesn't work, esp with a country like the US.
And if they hadn't reclaimed their land back, they would have lost a key port. Putin had no choice but to act
He should have also acted with Donbass
In one sense the Ukraine conflict is over. In another sense it is dangerously expanding.
Biden and Putin are taking the path to nuclear war. Biden by providing long range missiles to Ukraine, and Putin by refusing to use sufficient force to bring the conflict to an end before it spins out of control.
To again repeat my warning, by allowing the war to drag on, Putin is inviting more provocations and more dangerous provocations. Putin’s way of fighting the conflict has cost far more lives than a quick and total military victory which would have been over before Western involvement could be organized.
The Kremlin should have seen the Maidan Coup in the works and stopped it. Failing this, the Kremlin should have accepted the request of Donbass in 2014 to be reincorporated into Russia like Crimea. Instead, the Kremlin sat on its hands for 8 years with a totally unrealistic belief in the Minsk Agreement while the US built an army for Ukraine, the Kremlin itself making little, if any, preparation. When the Kremlin finally was forced to intervene in Donbass, the bulk of the fighting was done by a small private military force, the leader of which was disgusted by the Kremlin’s defeatist restraint. Putin broke up this superb fighting force, and its leader died in a suspicious airplane crash.
It seems the Kremlin is always caught off guard and unprepared. This is a certain road to nuclear war.