The country is a mess, and the outcome is probably going to be tragic, or at the very least somewhat bloody, regardless. Mark Almond, in The Telegraph:
“Here we go again” has been the reaction of most Western observers to the new crisis in Ukraine. Demands for a referendum on the status of largely Russian-speaking areas along the frontier have ominous echoes of the events leading to the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea last month. Is Vladimir Putin replaying that scenario? Or is something more combustible gathering pace?