We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Speaking of John McCain and the other war mongering twits we see flitting around the world making trouble; can they be of any practical use? Can we prop them up and throw darts at them? Or use them for subversive propaganda? Like for instance, "Nobody likes Cubans, even John McCain doesn't think they are worth bombing." Or this, "John McCain says, I don't always drop bombs, but when I do, I make sure I'm good and drunk when I suggest it." Any better ideas out there?
I believe it was Khrushchev, not Stalin, who made the Crimea part of the Ukraine. Stalin did deport the Tatars from the Crimea and moved the Ukraine west so that it incorporated areas that were once part of Poland, and shaved off parts eastern Ukraine to add to Russia proper.
If you insist that every border that ever was is enough reason for an armed invasion to restore that border, there's not much to do except continuous war.
And if you insist on that, give me back New York! And I demand reparations for the last 300 years or so.
Well, yeah, Euro borders (and we seem to be including Russia and vicinity, the Ottoman empire area, Norther Afirca and, at least, southern Scandinavia) have always changed. The problem with that is that they sometimes change radically, rapidly, and with extreme violence that disrupts much of the rest of the world.
I say we lift off and nuke 'em from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.
The fact of the matter is that borders change and states expand and contract. Russia's done a lot of that since Ivan III listened to his honey Zoe Paleologou, decided he was the rightful heir of the Roman Caesars (hence the title Tsar), and rudely informed the Golden Horde that he would no longer pay tribute (and defeated the Horde into the bargain).
As for Ukraine, it got its name because it was the borderland between Great Russia, Poland-Lithuania, and Ottoman Turkey.