So what did you make of Putin's case on RT? I know it's a news channel under state control but Putin is the state!
He does make some valid points in my opinion, the profiles of some of those people in power in Ukraine are somewhat shady. I think Russia is more concerned for the security of Sevastapol Bay then anything and taking the whole island will be the strongest defence. But they aren't exactly doing much for calming the civil issues currently in Crimea. Surely a show of Ukrainian and Russian servicemen working together would be a better resolution instead of firing warning shots at unarmed troops?
He does claim they aren't Russian troops in Crimea but a self defence force. I find this somewhat hard to believe given the firepower they are packing and their uniformity. Sure, you could buy Russian uniforms in a shop, but a militia will still look rag-tag instead of matching uniforms, matching weapons and APCs/Attack Helicopters zooming about!
There are legal trickeries though. As I predicted, Putin is reacting to requests from the deposed president who he recognises as the legal government of Ukraine instead of the interim coalition currently in power. That is where his justification comes from but it doesn't hold sway with international relations who thinks he should stay out of an internal matter. That said, US is hardly innocent when it comes to interfering which I thought on first hearing them twittering on about invasions!