An interesting piece of information is the names of the participants in this drama: Rav Huna bar Chinena responded to the request of the Resh Galuta, Rava uprooted his "Kanim", Rav Pappa and - a student of Rava, and Rav Huna brei d'rav Yehoshua - another fellow student of Rava - removing the "Kanim" so that they could not be replaced - and then the next day "Eitivay etc." , and the questions support the point of view that the attempt of Rav Huna bar Chinena was ineffectual.
Is it not possible that the "Eitivay", is a report of the discussion between the students of Rava and Rav Huna bar Chinnena (including Ravina?) -(which took place the next day, i.e. on Shabbat itself -). It seems only natural that Rav Huna bar Chinena - and the Resh Galuta - requested an explanation of the unusual behavior of Rava and his students; yet because of Rava's exalted status as the Rosh HaYeshiva the Resh Galuta could not summon Rava, but he did summon the students - and they defended Rava's action in the debate with Rav Hina bar Chinena.
Were we to interpret thus, all the questions would disappear!
Yeshayahu Hollander - I am very appreciative of the DAF explanations and reviews!
Yasher Kochach, it could very well be as you explain. (I understand your intention that that the word Eisevei "l'Rava" means for the sake of Rava , that is, to support him. Excellent.)