Crimea is lost, and while it is mostly a Russian enclave for the Black Se Fleet (a joke that even the Washington Post says could be defeated by the Italian Navy), and Russians looking to get a vacation in the sun, it is not inconsequential, either.

Once thousands of Russian troops occupy ANYTHING, nothing short of military action will dislodge them, and the Crimea is only important to the Ukraine, not to the West.

The only thing that could have avoided this naked aggression would have been the assumption on the part of Vlad that the US President had a spine, and that the Europeans were not craven  — but alas, Vlad correctly surmised the obvious.

He might have been prevented. He cannot be dislodged.

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