True story: Last night I was at a party when a shouting match began over the situation in Ukraine. I will admit to my part in this fiasco which is that I am the one who brought up Ukraine/Russia/Crimea after another disagreement was occurring on something that I deemed to be unimportant compared to the possibility of World War III. After mentioning how Russia would like to respond to sanctions, I walked out of the room with my glass of vino only to hear a once calm discussion escalate and the next thing I realized was that people are really quite passionate when it comes to international affairs.
I have seen a few people ask about the details of what's happening in Russia. In lieu of my terrible explanation of this international crisis (I keep thinking of Russia coming in, upset over how the US was dealing with foreign policy, and taking Alaska but that's not quite right) I have put together a list of resources from people far smarter and globally aware than I will ever be. So, if you're interested in what's going on and/or you are preparing talking points for an upcoming dinner party, well, here you go:
"The Hills" Explain Explains Vladimir Putin Invading Ukraine
Gwen's Take: Five ways to understand Ukraine
A 35 Step Guide to Understanding why Russia Decided to Follow the Olympics With a War
Why is Crimea so Dangerous?
What politicians said about Ukraine on the Sunday shows via The Fix
What's Going on in Ukraine? An up to date guide