I don’t think we are getting the full story from Eastern or Western media outlets, combined with an ahistorical perspective if one is fortunate, and more likely a total lack of knowledge about Ukraine in general, from this we are supposed to commit our emotions and support to one faction or another.
The problem then becomes sorting through it all which is what the fourth estate was supposed to be good at doing. They are not. So we are left to fend for ourselves and cut through the BS. All I do know is that the American media pretending that America and American policy in the region is all light and virgins is bovine scatology. I’m assuming that Russian assertions of the same are just from a different bovine.
But then, all civilized nations do it.