Yes, that Russia is cooperating in things like gas negotiations while the fascist junta is escalating it's civil war is madness.
Cut them off until peace is achieved. What right does an illegitimate regime have to be negotiating gas deals anyways?
Perhaps Russia does not need to send in ground troops right now... Enforce a No Fly Zone and destroy heavy weapons the junta is using.
Obviously it's "preferable" to resolve differences by negotiation, but the junta decided it prefers force, even after publicly committing to negotiation.
Hardly a surprise, what with the junta parties having previously abandoned the Feb 21 agreement because "their" brownshirts were getting impatient.
What does the junta's CHOICE to reject negotiation mean? Kramatorsk. Slavyansk. Lugansk. Donetsk. Shall Russia wait to see where their appetite stops?
Russia has so far up till now deferred to that "preference" i.e. the idea of negotiations, but that dialogue is simply ignored and mocked,
while real bloody facts on the ground are studiously ignored or poo-poo'd by "Human Rights Defenders".
The NATO-Atlanticist project is not seeking a sustainable consensual solution, they are seeking the isolation and weakening of Russia,
parallel with the neutering/subjugation of the EU to the US... I mean, they freaking write books about it, it's not a secret or something.
Rather than continue with the sham of negotiations which are promptly ignored insofar as they would constrain the fascist junta,
Russia should free itself from NATO's controlled disaster in motion, and create a real solution irregardless of NATO or junta protestation.
Actions speak louder than words, and the junta has already "spoken", so Russia may now respond along with Novorussians.
NATO goons will protest, but at this point post-Odessa/Lugansk/Slavyansk/etc, an independent Novorussia is the most viable solution,
and any "partners" Russia actually has in EU will be willing to accept that solution and pick up the pieces from there to move on.
Russia has already publicized legitimate President Yanukovych's request of them to protect citizens vs. junta's imposition of power.
They have 100% the legitimacy to do so in mainland Ukraine just as in Crimea. This does not mean annexing to Russia.
I believe Novorus will not now want to continue as part of Kievan Ukraine, but as it's own country it can live just as well.
How the rest of Novorus and Ukraine develop is a major part of the story, I believe there will be further "defections" of UKR military and police.
Even in West and Central Ukraine there seems significant opposition to the "ATO"/civil war, and I believe even a "rump" Kievan Ukraine
will have it's own reckoning with the people dealing with the criminal oligarch-NATO-fascist nexus that brought ruin on their country.
The Maidan regime will likely collapse on it's self. Russia can recognize and negotiate with the revolutionary regime that follows.
The EU will shortly be forming a new power structure, the new group is not likely to swallow whole all the mistakes of their predecessor.
The EU is facing a shit-storm of their own making, a black hole catastrophe in Ukraine and collapse of Russian relations would be catastrophe.
The only solution the US offers is escalation and submition to them, with TTIP being much more beneficial to US than the EU.
Accepting the failure of the Atlanticist project in Ukraine, and reaching out to a new sustainable future with Russia is the EU's best bet.