I think that the West made a mistake here, because it was easy to win the elections in Ukraine without a coup and put its marionette at the head of the government. The West has always been ready to invest a lot of money in changing governments, in media propaganda, in manipulating public opinion, and so on. The Russians, on the other hand, obviously do not want to invest money in such things.
If Russia wanted, it could have brought RT to Poland a long time ago. However, instead, they took RT to distant Spain.
But let's go back to the Maidan. As I said, the West could have gotten it without a colored revolution, but it encountered a Russian provocation when to Obama the Russians took out the first tomahawks near Syria at the end of August 2013, which was the first unofficial attack on Syria. Then Obama allegedly changed his mind and said that he would first ask for the permission of the Congress, and the Congress, of course, did not approve it. Immediately two months after that, a miracle happened on the Maidan.....
The Americans had a plan to open a base in Sevastopol and bring in rockets, and now everything fell into the water for them.
they invaded Ukraine? I know we have a genius strategist on board so I'll ask you why the hell did they stop
The Russians chose the best option. Instead of open conflict and invasion (which would require hundreds of thousands and maybe even a million lives), they decided to starve them out. The so-called Ukraine is slowly but surely descending to the standard of living of Zimbabwe, and the so-called Ukrainians now have the opportunity to feel all the benefits of the West, Western values and Western democracy, from which they expected honey and milk and will not get even dry bread. It is only a matter of time and the hungry people will hang the "euromaidanists" in the middle of the same Maidan square.