This might not have happened had the US not broken the gentleman’s agreement it made with the Soviet Union at the time of the Soviet breakup. The US promised Gorbachev that there would be no NATO bases on Russia’s borders. That promise was soon to be broken as NATO bases were placed in Poland, Estonia and Latvia. Ukraine was undoubtedly next on the list. One could also ask about the hand that the US played in the coup against Ukraine’s elected government. During the demonstrations deputy under secretary of state Victoria Nuland was in Ukraine praising the demonstrators and handing out cookies. She was overheard saying that the US preferred a man she referred to as Yats to be the new leader of Ukraine. Right now “Yats” is the leader. The US, throught the National Endowment for Democracy, had poured millions into Ukraine. Can anyone imagine the reaction in this US had a foreign country poured millions to change our government while at the same time putting military bases on our borders? Not hard to imagine the reaction.