Not only the Western world, but China, India and other major powers need to emerge from a gas-induced slumber and apply significant diplomatic and economic sanctions to force the Kremlin leader into retreat.

The United States continues to provide only minimal help, even though large cash injections and military aid are desperately needed. The same goes for the European Union, whose 28 members seem all too willing to sacrifice Ukraine if it means making a euro or two in Moscow.

At least in his April 17 live television performance, Putin revealed his true opinion of Ukraine – that it is not a sovereign nation and that many of its territories, including Crimea and southeastern Ukraine, belong to Russia. We hope that all of Ukraine’s 45 million citizens finally get the message, so they at last join the battle to save the nation.

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