US senator Ben Cardin (D, MD) and Rob Portman (R, OH) want further escalation of the civil war in Ukraine by supplying Ukrainian military, national guard and punitive battalions with lethal weapons: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/10/24/ukraine-solidarity-support-freedom-democracy-column/17788349/
Sen. Portman first talked about democracy and freedom, then he lashed out at free and democratic independence referendum in Crimea where over 90% of locals voted to be reunited with Russia. War in Donetsk region would seem like a bar brawl compared to what would happen in Crimea if it stayed in Ukraine after nationalists took control of government in Kiev. Crimea was gifted to Ukraine illegally in 1954 by Khrushchev who broke Soviet laws by doing so. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Crimea held its first independence referendum in 1992 trying to reunite with Russia. Kiev did not recognize the vote and brought the troops in to the peninsula. Despite having Ukrainian flag, Crimea was never really Ukrainian. I know many people from the peninsula and even when Crimea was still officially part of Ukraine, Crimeans flew Russian flags on their houses. When we went to the shore with my Crimean friend long before the referendum took place, he had Russian flag decal on his truck. If senator did his research on the subject of Crimea, I’m sure his assessment would be very different. Even most Ukrainians agree that Crimea has never really been Ukrainian, that is why most critics on the subject are from the western countries, not Ukraine.
After telling free Russian people of Crimea what they have to do, sen. Portman suggested that US government send lethal weapons to Kiev regime to fight mystical Russian threat. According to Kiev, Russian troops enter Ukraine on weekly basis for the past 6 months; however, in all that time, there is not a single picture or any other reliable piece of evidence of Russian troops presence in Ukraine. Moreover, I would invite senators Cardin and Portman to visit Donetsk region and see who is the real aggressor. There are no Russian troops in Ukraine, anyone who has been in Donetsk and Lugansk regions will confirm that. Maybe a United States senator should deal with the issues inside the United States, not stick their nose into something that is going on half way across the world and something they know nothing about.