..it knows it's lost Ukraine and therefore undertaking damage limitation while it can so if Ukraine sides with the EU, it can't take Crimea with it. Most likely scenario is that Crimea will decide to become part of Russia due to its large ethnic Russian population. The tartars aren't big enough to vote the other way and yet again will be persecuted by the Russians (they were displaced to central Asia by stalin during communism). Worse still, Russia has probably alienated Ukrainians who were on the fence regarding Russia. This fuels the pro Euro camp that Russia is just a regional bully who invades neighbouring countries therefore Ukraine should seek to join the EU and NATO so it can get protection from the allies.