NO YOU DON”T UNDERSTAND UKRAINE. (REALLY)
I don’t think any American who hasn’t lived in Kiev and talked with these people has the vaguest ideal how good the legislature and law is, but who owns the various judiciaries, and how corrupt the bureaucracy is, and it’s not because these are bad people, but because everyone is so poor, that it’s the only way to make a decent living: charging for government services.
The Kremlin is far more byzantine than the Rada (parliament) and like the chinese communist party, far more a group of powerful families. Ukrainian power is outside of the government in the 40+ oligarchs (Gangsters), and they have more money than the state (and more men and guns).
Putin could put down the Oligarchs in Russia with the Chechens, and the FSB, and so could the chinese with the red army but the conspiracy between moscow and kiev to undermine ukrainian military and bureaucracy so that they could restore the union of the two countries was so far along that once the revolution started, there is no possible way to put down the oligarchs, fight a war with russia in the east, and survive as a country without descending into internecine warfare.
States need wealth for this reason. And every libertarian is completely unaware he’s advocating for the condition in Ukraine now and in the Pale in the past. Where do they think Rothbard, Rand and Mises got their ideas from?
Useful idiots whether left, right, or libertarian.