As stated by President Putin last week and reiterated by Foreign Minister Lavrov in Geneva on Saturday, Russia aims to protect the lives and regional interests of Russians and the Russian speaking population of Ukraine from the "violence of ultra-nationalists" who have usurped power in Kiev, who advocate terrorism against Russian targets, and who among their first acts in power, repealed the language law protecting the civil rights of Russian-speakers and other minorities (and here) who account for more than one-third of Ukraine's population.
To this end, Russia’s Permanent Representative in the United Nations Organisation Vitaly Churkin stated at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday that what is needed is:
to bring the situation back on political track and in [a] constitutional framework; and
to return to the February 21 agreement providing for consultation and agreement on constitutional amendments followed by new elections in December 2014.
Consistent with these requirements, Russia has agreed to Merkel’s proposal for a Ukraine ‘fact-finding’ mission.
But, obviously, the idea of a fact-finding mission will go nowhere.The globalist, US hegemonists don’t want no facts, they just want regime change, Ukraine loaded with billions in IMF loans, the imposition of austerity upon an already impoverished Ukrainian population and unobstructed access for international capital to Ukraine’s resources and cheap labor.
A fact-finding inquiry would ask awkward questions about the $5 billion that Assistant US Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, Boasted the US had invested in subversion of the Ukrainian government, about who funded the violent Fascist agitators in Kiev, and about who was responsible for the fatal shootings in Kiev that reportedly killed or injured many police officers as well as agitators.
No. We don't wanna go there. And what's worst about Merkel's proposal is that if Germany and Russia can sort out the problem in Ukraine between themselves, what need is there for NATO, the UN and America's New World Order?
Germany’s been occupied for 70 years now, but with a good working relationship with Russia, what’s the US gonna do when Germany asks them to go fuck themselves, I mean, leave?
And maybe the Brits, with over 100 US military bases on their territory, used among other things, for drone strikes and mass spying, would like an end to American occupation too — in fact wouldn’t all of Europe?
Yes, America's five-billion-dollar intervention in Ukraine may yet turn out to have been their worst investment, precipitating a collapse in American world influence to match the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1990.
Meantime, Stephen Harper, the Mighty Mouse of the North, who mistakes the national aptitude for ice hockey with global political clout, has recalled Canada's ambassador to Russia and warned Putin that if he doesn't back off, he'll huff and puff some more.
Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and of politics at Princeton University explains what drives Russian actions and how Western intervention may lead to a disastrous outcome:
RT: Crimean air base pledges allegiance to local authorities
RT: Russia calls for legitimate Ukrainian gov't as West allies with neo-nazis
RT: Rebel Government in Kiev Betrays Its Own Supporters: Appoints Oligarchs to Govern the East
Voice of Russia: Crimean Authorities Confirm Takeover of Military Units
WUFYS: America's Neo-Nazi Ukrainian allies
Above links mainly from WhatReallyHappened.com, currently the best aggregator of English-language news on Ukraine.