(Agence France-Presse) Europe and the United States appear to have been caught off-guard by Russia's move to send troops to Ukraine, analysts said Saturday, warning it would take more than condemnations and boycott threats to tame the Kremlin.
"Everybody was caught on the hop and everyone is playing it by ear right now," said Francois Heisbourg, from the French-based Foundation for Strategic Research.
The Russian parliament on Saturday approved President Vladimir Putin's request to send troops to Ukraine, days after a three-month protest movement ousted his ally Viktor Yanukovych and brought the pro-European opposition to power.
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Pro-Russian militiamen have already de-facto annexed Crimea, a mostly Russian-speaking peninsula in eastern Ukraine where the Kremlin has long stationed part of its naval fleet.