whats your thoughts?
I think the most important opinions are those of the civilians who live in the Crimea region. Although I would agree that the upcoming referendum is being rushed through, it is important that the people have the opportunity to have their voice and to vote in a referendum which decides the future of their country. As for the 'legality' of this referendum, I believe this would not be a factor if a 'yes' vote by the majority 'ethnic Russian' population wasn't an almost certain probablility. Devolution was right in the UK. Soon the Scottish people will have their chance to vote on whether they wish to stay part of the UK or not. Although there are many in the other regions of the UK who may wish them to stay, it is ultimately the Scottish people who deserve the final say - not the military, not the politicians, but the people. I believe the same principles apply in Ukraine.
It is unfortunate for Ukraine, as a whole, and for the Crimea region in particular that they are in the middle of a big game of tug-of-war between the 'allied' nations and Russia. There has been and will continue to be a huge amount of intereference by 'both sides' in this conflict and given the stakes it is to be wholly expected. However, Ukraine is on the brink of a massive civil war. Maybe now is the time to allow the peoples of Ukraine to have a vote and choose their own destiny (even if it is to join the Russian Federation).