Someday there may be jokes about the Ukrainian national defense forces based on soldiers driving armored personnel carriers to quell ethnic Russian protesters, and having their vehicles stolen out from under them. It sounds ridiculous and is surely a sign of gross incompetence. What is also disconcerting is that the Ukrainian government has been getting advice from the US CIA. Whose idea was it to send the APCs into an urban situation in which they become surrounded? One has to wonder if the Russians may be correct in asserting control over territory where there are a substantial number of ethnic Russians. This circumstance isn’t as neat and clean as some might think. The undoing of the USSR was change on a massive scale, which is still settling out The trouble is that Russia is an autocracy. Its leadership take turns on a revolving door. Is that what Russian citizens want? How satisfied are Russians with their government? Apparently they are satisfied enough to watch all sorts of violations of individual freedom take place. Is that within the scope of their value system?
According to the Organization for Economic Development:
“The Russian Federation has made progress over the last decade in improving the quality of life of its citizens, despite lower than average scores in some topics on the Better Life Index.”
“In general, Russians are less satisfied with their lives than the OECD average, with 74% of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc) than negative ones (pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc). This figure is lower than the OECD average of 80%.”
As for the Ukrainians, the economy has been terrible and the centralized government has failed. For a detailed report about the Ukraine government and nation, check out this reference by OECD: http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/urban-rural-and-regional-development/oecd-territorial-reviews-ukraine-2013_9789264204836-en#page13