In a call-in show on Russian television, Vladimir Putin:

... expressed hope for a political and diplomatic solution of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, saying he hopes that he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev.

Gee, many no doubt are thinking, we kind of hope so, too. And maybe, you can make that happen.

The AP further reported that Putin:

… poured scorn at the West, accusing it of trying to weaken and isolate Russia and made it starkly clear that he doesn't fear further Western sanctions.

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