With the fall of the Soviet Union in December 1991 Putin has always wanted to reverse the Soviet collapse and be a world power again. To have him militarily assert power over independent nations reeks of Hitler invading other countries causing World War II. Why are we allowing dictatorial rule? Have we embraced autocracy so much that we support dictators and kill our alliances with country's with which we've kept Europe and ourselves safe for the past 70 plus years? Stop the madness!