The great mistake the political elite made in the 1930s was not to read Mein Kampf and believe Hitler was telling the truth about his strategic aims. Its the same with Putin as described in an excellent piece by Tim Marshal, click to read,
Putin is like all Russians a longterm thinker. I know I lost to enough Russian chess players as a junior. We are run by a bunch of juvenile shorterm non-thinkers like Osborne and Cameron both PR men with little grasp of history. Putin is a Czar.
Putin will control the Ukraine as Russia always has done for many centuries. The EU better shut up.