I have no love for the leaders of Russia nor it's type of government nor it's leader Putin. I say this because in conversations with some of my acquaintances I have been accused of being just a little bit naive about communism and Mr. Putin. I can assure you I detest all isms especially socialism and communism. All that being said I also realize that Ukraine, a country of 45 million, has been a major Russian economic and strategic partner, and is the last major buffer zone separating it from NATO. So it comes as no surprise that Moscow, the powerful former patron, subordinates Ukraine's sovereignty to its own national and strategic interests, two decades after it gained independence.