Just a little thought. Western analysts are often repeating that Putin is afraid of the democracy in Ukraine. However, we do not see an effort on the part of Russia to have a regime change in Ukraine. Yanukovych got removed in a coup in 2014 because Russia failed to give him the adequate help. The security forces were paralysed. In fact, maybe this is the cleaver part of the game. Ukraine’s democracy is something really comical and self destructive. It is actually not a democracy but an oligarchy, something Russia had progressed from. It makes democracy look bad in the eyes of anyone sensible, which cannot be said about the Western commentariat.