Everyone knew it was coming.
Caspian Report has been making videos about it well in advance.
“NY: Looking at the situation now with Russia and Ukraine, how do you think the world got here?
JM: I think all the trouble in this case really started in April, 2008, at the nato Summit in Bucharest, where afterward nato issued a statement that said Ukraine and Georgia would become part of nato. The Russians made it unequivocally clear at the time that they viewed this as an existential threat, and they drew a line in the sand. Nevertheless, what has happened with the passage of time is that we have moved forward to include Ukraine in the West to make Ukraine a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. Of course, this includes more than just nato expansion. nato expansion is the heart of the strategy, but it includes E.U. expansion as well, and it includes turning Ukraine into a pro-American liberal democracy, and, from a Russian perspective, this is an existential threat. …
NY: The Monroe Doctrine, essentially.
JM: Of course. There’s no country in the Western hemisphere that we will allow to invite a distant, great power to bring military forces into that country. …”
Once again, we knew where this was going.
Putin hasn’t gone insane. This has been Russia’s position for years now.