There is a growing concern that President Putin's moves in Ukraine will be an historical mistake. Russia has historically acted when it perceives a threat and the potential to weaken the country's reputation. If Putin goes ahead and invades Ukraine, he will create an eternal enemy and further destabilize world affairs. It has a long history of wrongdoing. In order to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine, President Putin laid out his version of history. He claimed that if Ukraine invaded, it would build nukes and threaten Russia. He also said that Ukraine was being used by its allies to fight against Russia. His security chief, Nikolai Patrushev, was well known for his paranoid tendencies. But despite his claims that he is defending his country, he did not appear to be attempting to defend his own interests. Besides being an ideologically motivated decision, Russia must be cautious.
There is no reason for major powers to divide the world into spheres of influence. Moreover, Ukraine has the right to self-determination, and it is not a violation of their sovereignty. The West must respect the sovereignty of other countries. The Russian President has repeatedly said that Nato expansion must be stopped and that the Ukraine is the most important country in Europe.