The rumor was inaccurate.
Had the voters been given the chance of voting to stay in Ukraine, there was a risk they might have chosen it.
Hillary Clinton reportedly compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler. The analogy is off, and also seems unpresidential (which isn’t irrelevant in Clinton’s case).
Today’s Putin was nervous, angry, cornered, and paranoid, periodically illuminated by flashes of his own righteousness. Here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes, squirming in his throne.