"Despite what some Ukrainians suspect, Moscow is unlikely to try bringing about the breakup of Ukraine in order to annex its southern and eastern parts. That would mean civil war next door, and Russia abhors the idea. Moscow's best option at this point is to stand back and wait, while quietly favoring decentralization in Ukraine," writes Dmitri Trenin in the New York Times.
"The U.S. could and should convey clearly to Mr. Putin that it is prepared to use its influence to make certain a truly independent and territorially undivided Ukraine will pursue policies towards Russia similar to those so effectively practised by Finland: mutually respectful neighbours with wide-ranging economic relations with Russia and the EU; no participation in any military alliance viewed by Moscow as directed at itself but expanding its European connectivity," writes Zbigniew Brzezinski in the Financial Times.
"The country needs a 'political restart,' in the words of former heavyweight boxing champion and opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko. Fresher faces would be welcome, and Mr. Klitschko, a Russian speaker, has a following in the east and leads in the polls. He's inexperienced but untainted by corruption. Any new leader will have to carry out an economic overhaul that will include some short-term pain," the Wall Street Journal writes in an editorial.