I'm clearly a very simply person and just want to process this in the most simple way possible. If something that I have just stated above is inaccurate or off in left-field than please feel free to rip it to shreds and educate me on your superior understanding of the situation of this planet and its people.
Thats pretty much the gist of it ya.
EU wants the Ukranian market, and there was more or less a deal in place (at least an agreement in principle, nothing concrete on the finer regulations of said deal), until the EU for some reason (there isn't a clear cut answer that Ive found) decided to tack on an ultimatum that more or less said, "But you have to stop dealing with Russia and being part of their Energy Cartel". US wants Ukraine to come over to the west so it can stick a few dozen NATO anti missile defense systems into it, so Russia can't reliably hit American holdings in the middle east or Europe, and to reduce Russias strategic support to Syria and Iran. Russia wants Ukraine to remain pro Russian, because pretty much all of Russia's pipelines to the EU run through there, Russia and Ukraine have a nice little deal worked out where both nations make a bunch of money off the EuroZone.
When EU stapled their "no working with Russia" Ultimatum on the deal, Russia countered with a sizeable loan, and a new energy deal that would drastically reduce costs for importing russian gas and oil. Basically Ukraine had the option to take a chance on an "agreement in principle" or take a concrete deal that would solve two of the nations biggest issue at present, lack of money, and lack of affordable energy. The US as usual saw a chance to play puppetmaster and stuck its nose into the situation, and as the leaked phone call eluded too, had already discussed the outcome of a possibile overthrown government. But to my knowledge the US was never formally involved in either the deal being tabled, nor it being rejected, they just playing on the opportunity that arose. Granted they could have been in Brussels ear and told them to tack on an ultimatum knowing it would be impossible for Ukraine to accept removing itself self from its position in Russias Energy Cartel (but that last bit is just speculation and only supported by a couple recent email leaks by anonymous so take it with a grain of salt.) Edited, Mar 2nd 2014 11:57pm by rdmcandie Edited, Mar 3rd 2014 12:24am by rdmcandie