I feel that we’re standing on the edge of a precipice, on the verge of a disaster.

Russia is flexing its political wings and finding that there is nobody willing to clip them. Vague threats of sanctions, and the withdrawal of a UK royal from the Sochi Paralympics, are hardly likely to leave Mr Putin suffering many sleepless nights.

So Russia stands ready to annex the Ukraine while an impotent world looks on. The question I have to ask is: “Will Russia be satisfied with absorbing the Ukraine or is the Russian bear looking for other countries to consume?”

If Putin succeeds in adding the Ukraine to his personal empire then I suspect he might look westward for further conquests.

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