The coup d´etat attempt in Turkey was the West’s reaction to the change of foreign policy in Ankara, which was regarded a a betrayal.
If Russia had not annexed Crimea, Ukraine would have drowned this peninsula in blood.
The annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation took place in February-March 2014, almost two months before the pro-Russian protests in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts escalated into an armed separatist insurgency: bbc.in/1FfegIv, . So this was clearly not a case of preventing the escalation of a conflict which had not even started. // There were no confirmed reports prior to Russian intervention of any ethnic Russians being threatened in Ukraine; only allegations perpetuated by pro-Kremlin outlets.