Recent developments in Ukraine are raising serious concerns about the credibility and trustworthiness of the Russian Federation as a member of the international community. The annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and Russia’s role in forging and escalating an armed conflict in eastern Ukraine have been done with complete disregard for international law. Russia’s actions have posed a direct threat to the post-1989 European security order. Moreover, they’ve already had global implications. Among the multitude of consequences was the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane in Donbas, which claimed the lives of 283 people. The Ukraine–Russia conflict was suddenly an issue of concern to many nations. As fighting in Donbas continues and world supports consecutive rounds of sanctions being imposed on Russia, it’s imperative that we understand Putin’s world view and the logic behind his regime’s actions in Russia, Ukraine and globally.