What You describe is war. Ukraine is not under sanctions, nor weapon coming can end up used against civilian population or in terrorist hands.I'm not suggesting Russia will, or should, do this but it makes a lot more sense to me than this invasion the Politicians and Journalists keep banging on about.
Political price is same as invasion. What exacly RF will achieve?
It is not an opinion.Well you also entitled to your own opinion. However who's in power and how they get it clearly in my book shown how one society has already have enough social construct to be democratic. When the power still moving from one oligarchy to another, when other ethnics Political power being push down on the pretext national security, then it's shown that society is still far to be ready as democracy one
Liberal democracy is about rights. It is fact. Bieng part of oligarchy does not mean You cannot be in power. Everyone can.
Peaceful transition of power is key, as well as honest elections as means to exercise political rights. Both are true for Ukraine.
Singapore for example is not democracy and not on a way to bieng one. Even through is well developed country and personal freedoms not bad at all.
Saudi Arabia not on the way to become democracy either. Nor current state is close to democracy.
Ukraine on the other hand moving toward democracy. Current state leave a lot to be desired, but all key points are present.IMO