Although ukraine may be devestated by what the Americans have done to it, russia is still in the drivers seat and its econmy has not yet been ruined, not by a long shot. In fact, it is the US that is going to be hurt by this very foolish move in Ukraine. The US has clearly shown the rest of the World that it cannot be trusted nor can any of its expats or NGOs. Russia, China, Brazil and others have formed BRICS and are close to funding its alternative to the Western based IMF. Once a new clearing financial system has been put in place, all the economic sanctions the US just loves to force on other nations that don't heel like nice little puppies will be of no value whatsoever. there are many, many nations that will hail the day that occurs, because they are sick to death of being told to jump and being forced to ask how high. The so called exceptional, irreplaceable nation will be sh*t out of luck!