Word is that the protests in Crimea are incited by a group of paid CIA assets/agents to get rid of the status quo. Russia was telling them they didn’t need to buy dollars to pay for oil and gas… instead could use their own currency or Chinese Yuan.
Next thing you know there is a group calling for the existing elected politically corrupt government aligned with Russia to step down. Putin went in, as we know. He is there according to a source, protecting those who want to align with Russia using their own currency or Yuan to buy oil and gas.