They're betting Russia-to-Germany natgas pipeline bypassing Ukraine will be operational soon; curtailing Ukraine's importance to EU, & opening Ukraine market for US LNG.
Trump/Senate threatened sanctions on mostly Russian companies over it, but construction continues because benefits outweigh costs; empty threats won't sever Trump-Putin ties.
Furman/Parnas donated $100s of millions to Trump. What wouldn't they give to collect?
Trump's motives are another thread but it's more than saving Putin/Re-election.
*Corrections to above.
—Lev Parnas/Igor Fruman donated 100s of thousands not millions to Trump PAC ($325,000, American First Action).
—Parnas/Fruman worked w/ 3rd man: Harry Sargeant III.
Now revealed Parnas knew Yovanovitch would be replaced two weeks before she, or Pompeo (her boss), knew.
It gets worse.
But that's still not the extent of it. Putting 2-&-2 together, there's actually a conspiracy here to manufacture a reason for sacking a Senate confirmed Amb.
20Mar2019: In an interview w/ Trump ally John Solomon,
fmr Ukrainian Prosecutor General Lutsenko (playing ball) alleged US Amb Yovanovitch handed him a do-not-prosecute list.
Lutsenko—prompted by unknown persons (although Giuliani/Trump/TX Rep Pete Sessions loudly wanted her out)—lobbed a smear grenade to force her ouster.
The Fruman/Parnas/Sargeant scheme was to have Favorov direct LNG contracts their way in exchange for (I imagine) keeping authorities off him.
That makes more sense than pushing her out for blocking Ukrainian investigation into Hunter Biden (even she wasn't helpful there either).
I know this from Capital Hill sources who shared this at the time.
That same day, Giuliani/Parnas & Baumgardner (Trump campaign advisor) were pitching gas deals to unconfirmed fmr Soviet bloc countries.
They're two well-known grifters who trade on influence via Instagram pics with celebrities & politicians.
They see Trump as Putin does: an easy mark.
Parnas has a trail of unpaid debts and a history of conning people out of their life-savings.
Their Florida attorney, Russell Jacob, literally gave a seminar on how to evade FinCEN when laundering money through real-estate.