Reactions in the region have ranged from name calling to accusations of Russian meddling to observations of declining world powers.
Officials announced that Sunday's referendum showed 96.77 percent support to break away from Ukraine and join Russia – a tally that seems dubious.
Adm. James Stavridis added that serious financial sanctions on Russia should also be considered.
And the US knew that Russia was laying the ground to make a move on the strategically useful peninsula. Doing something about it is another matter.