Ukraine's interim pro-western Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called the Crimean referendum "a circus performance". Yatseniuk pledged to bring to justice all those trying to destroy Ukrainian independence "under the cover of Russian troops. As a man who took power following street protests, widely supported by western governments, does he have the right to judge?
He does in that he is backed by the might of many western politicians. However western countries are cash strapped and in debt up to their eyeballs so welcoming a vitually bankrupt country, the Ukraine, into the EU could be financial disaster.
And if you believe it is philanthropy aimed at helping the people driving this inclusion think again. All politicians involved are singing to their own song sheets and following distinct agendas.
Vladimir Putin of Russia may have problems at home if he welcomes the Crimea back into the motherland. Protesters hit the streets of Moscow last weekend disgusted at their country's involvement in the Ukraine. The numbers may have not been huge but thousands voiced their disapproval.
U.S. Sen. John McCain was in Kiev at the weekend and called for the United States to provide long-term military assistance to Ukraine, saying it is "the right and decent thing to do." How much of that is due to the perceived protagonist being Russia is not known.
BBC News reports Monday "The Ukrainian parliament in Kiev has formally approved the partial mobilisation of 40,000 reservists, in response to what it called the "war-time situation". Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov described the referendum as a "great farce" which "will never be recognised either by Ukraine or by the civilised world". According to the vote in Crimea's parliament on Monday, Ukrainian laws now no longer apply in the region and all Ukrainian state property belongs to an independent Crimea."
As a bankrupt country who will fund Ukrainian forces?
What next for Crimea, the EU and the Ukraine?