THE violent revolution costing nearly 100 deaths and thousands of injuries, culminating in the removal of the government, left the country open to the Russians choosing the opportunity to protect the people of the Ukraine from further anarchy and killings – the reason President Putin stated for his occupation of the Russian-speaking Crimea.

The European countries and America have little chance of action other than showing disapproval.

The British and other financial institutions and businesses are completely tied into similar Russian institutions and sanctions would seriously affect everyone, so are hardly possible.

The US has offered the Ukraine government one billion dollars financial aid, sufficient for about one month.

Any EU resolution for whatever they are worth would be vetoed by Russia. For the time being Russia would seem to hold all the winning cards.

J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.