You know, since he wants his nation to be an expanding empire.
He’s not “Protecting his nation’s interests by getting a warm weather port.”
Look at a map, they have ports on the Black Sea, like Novorossiysk, that are just as warm weather as the Crimea but for Tsar Putin I the goal isn’t a warm-water port, it’s getting back an SSR.
Surprising nobody, except possibly the people who work for and/or support Obama (hey J Effin Kerry!), Tsar Putin I vetoed the UN resolution condemning the Ukrainian “Join Russia or Join Russia” referendum.
For those who think the UN is some sort of democratic body
The Security Council has held six meetings on Ukraine in less than two weeks but has been unable to take any action because of Russia’s veto power.
The UN doesn’t do anything except defend the rights of thugs and dictators.
Just ask Taiwan, who cannot be a member because of the murderous commies in China, and Israel, who can’t be on the Security Council (but Syria can) because of murderous, terrorist-exporting, oil ticks.