With Putin hell bent on taking Ukraine, as he did with Crimea, and giving the finger to the West, this will be the next major confrontation. The Russians are apparently engaged in a false flag operation in Ukraine which will be used as a pretext for invasion.
Russia is also using its own Intranet, a kind of filtered Internet where you think you're getting the whole picture but you're not. This is much like some African countries such as Nigeria that don't want citizens using Twitter and other social media to oppose the government.
The strong man of Russia will soon be seen for what he is.