Putin’s boys just grabbed another town with a railway station. Europe is angry and afraid. Canada and the US continue to pour on sanctions. The west will prop up the Ukraine just to make the point. Russia is a gas station that thinks it is a country according to Senator McCain. Energy revenues are down. The population is starting to notice things are not so good. The ruling elite is feeling the pinch and probably does not understand why is needs a swath of the Ukraine with Stalinesque factories.
Khrushchev was replaced after the Cuba Missile Crisis. The ruling elite did not appreciate the brinksmanship. Not quite Cuba and no hint of a nuclear stand off but what does the elite have to show for it.
Putin will be gone within a year