From a Washington Times report:
The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation’s Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend.
The warning from the Obama administration said that Russia would be making a “grave mistake” if it sends in military forces to try to reverse the developments or to seize control of pro-Moscow eastern Ukraine.
Other ‘red lines’ to various world leaders in the past were ignored making this warning to Putin meaningless.
The Putin government has shown no outward signs that it is considering such a move. But with Ukraine’s interim government signaling its desire Sunday to quickly put the nation back on course toward Western integration, it was uncertain how far Mr. Putin would be willing to go to save face in a conflict that he had, until recently, appeared to be winning in the former Soviet republic.
Ukrainian opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is shown at right with the customary ‘peasant braids’ in her hair. The photo was taken last week after her release from prison.
Tymoshenko has vowed to run for president.