Mon Mar 17, 2014 AT 8:20 AM EDT
A day after an alleged 97 percent of Crimeans voted in favor of secession, Crimean legislators voted to begin the process of formally splitting from Ukraine, reports the New York Times. The Daily Beast notes that President Obama likely just four days to stop Putin in Crimea – or war will likely ensue. Sen. John McCain predicts in the New York Times that Putin will eventually be deposed by Russians. And chess legend Garry Kasparov, a long-time Putin opponent, opines in Politico on “Putin and the Lessons of 1938” and says Jimmy Carter Looks Like Winston Churchill Compared to Obama.