Overwhelmingly the people of Crimea voted in favor of re-joining Russia, turnout was reported to have been around 80% but US and Western establishments put it much lower at around 65% turnout.
The people of the Lughansk and Donetsk peoples republics would have liked to become part of Russia but this was not the plan. President Putin made it clear that he had no intention to invade or to allow the peoples republics breakaway from Ukraine and join Russia just like the people of Crimea.
At the time US assistant sectary Victoria Nuland stated that the US had invested over 5 billion into what she called: “The development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government”.
In leaked phone calls between Victoria Nuland and the Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt she stipulates what members of the US backed pre coup government will take what positions, nearly 3 weeks before the government had even fallen but the story line was set the government would fall and it would only be a matter of time.
Here is a very short transcribed excerpt of the call:
Nuland: What do you think?
Pyatt: I think we’re in play. The Klitschko [Vitaly Klitschko, one of three main opposition leaders] piece is obviously the complicated electron here. … I think that’s the next phone call you want to set up, is exactly the one you made to Yats [Arseniy Yatseniuk, another opposition leader]. And I’m glad you sort of put him on the spot on where he fits in this scenario. And I’m very glad that he said what he said in response.
Nuland: Good. I don’t think Klitsch should go into the government. I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think it’s a good idea.
Pyatt: Yeah. I guess … just let him stay out and do his political homework and stuff. … We want to keep the moderate democrats together. The problem is going to be Tyahnybok [Oleh Tyahnybok, the other main opposition leader, head of the far-right Svoboda party] and his guys …
Nuland: [Breaks in] I think Yats is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience. He’s the … what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. …
Full leaked phone calls in the video below: