Sergei Lavrov must be tempted, when faced with the 'acting Prime Minister' and 'acting President' of the Ukrainian revolutionaries hand in hand with a trio of EU commissioners to ask them all 'Who chose you?'. Lenin's question to Kerensky could not be more apt than for the self-selected representatives of the Maidan and those unelected EU officials.
What Ukraine needs more than anything is democracy. It's not a process recognised as desirable by Brussels, which views voters and elections as an inconvenient irrelevance on its zealous march to European Federalism. Far better to leave things to the unelected experts from Belgium and Luxembourg. And Cathy Ashton. If there really is a real groundswell of opinion in the Crimea in favour of secession, which I doubt, then of ourse they should have a referendum; they could use the Scots question as a model. And all of Ukraine should have the chance now to vote for a new President and new representatives in Parliament as a matter of great urgency.
However, what the EU and the US are trying to do is to secure deals with the temporary revolutionaries in Kiev that will bind any legitimate government that follows; Von Rompuy's sparse cowlick thatch is blowing all-ways as he runs about on his little legs with an EU Association agreement, a biro and €10bn in Euroslave loans looking for someone to sign.
For the West to steamroller over Ukrainian democratic outcomes in order to secure whet they see as a territorial victory will only postpone any settlement of the contentious issues dividing the country. Ukraine's future lies as a non-aligned bridge between east and west, democratic and inclusive, her territorial integrity supported by both NATO and the Russian Federation.