The “little green men”. Nothing says “legitimate self-determination” like mystery soldiers from somewhere else intimidating the citizenry into “demanding” change.
There’s a video clip of Igor Girkin saying that the soldiers had to round up members of the Crimean parliament and force them to go into the chamber and vote for independence.
Self-proclaimed “fighter against nazis”, the president of the so-called Russian Federation had a lackey bring him a 17th-century map to show that no Ukraine existed back then. Typically, this is enough grounds for him to kill several hundred thousand of foreign and own people in the 21st century. After over a year of getting beaten, having ran his country into the ground, and leaving it with no future, the accused child kidnapper continues pushing the line he made up just to stay in power for the rest of his life.
Notice the words “quasi-state developments” he used: he is not just talking about Ukraine, he is also talking about the Baltic countries, perhaps Finland, Central Asia, and other nations and territories that were fully or partially annexed by the Russian Empire. For this individual, none of these states should exist, they should be eliminated and annexed back to Russia.
Look, no Russia:
ETA: Apparently the map that Putin was shown has Ukraine on it.
ETA: It gets better.
If only there had been some historical example about letting a dictator make repeated conquests in hopes of bringing peace that literally everyone even vaguely familiar with history might have heard about.
The Shirtless Wonder’s Alternate Present.