Yeah, yeah, I know this is a family law blog. However, in another lifetime, I was a linguistics major who was conversational in Russian, German, and French, and who thought he had a bright future in geopolitics in the U.S. Foreign Service. At some point, the choice of a career in the law won out, but one does not merely shed past dreams. Rather, they shift to become simple hobbies. And while my Russian and German are now all but non-existent, and my French is truly pathetic, I still try to keep abreast of geopolitics, which was effectively my major at Siena College (political science with many courses in history).
So, when I see Russians, being led by their latest iteration of a totalitarian leader, intentionally (and probably with much preparation and planning) fomenting a civil war in neighboring Ukraine, it gives me pause. And, frankly, I really have to wonder, just how mind-blowingly stupid can Russians be?
Also, if you're not just a wee bit scared about this unseemly saber-rattling, then you really should be. The last time Russia invaded a neighboring European country (Czechoslovakia), was in 1968, when the U.S. was otherwise engaged in its misadventures in Southeast Asia. Before that, it was Hungary, in 1956.
So, in other words, the Russians have just precipitated a new cold war. What fun!