Most westerners - until last week - could not even find the Ukraine on a map. Even the idiotic British Foreign Secretary mistook a Russian city for an Ukrainian one. That is why she has the job; you don't want a politician who actually is intelligent, educated, up on their geography, and able to think independently.
Yet these are the idiots that the neoliberal globalists select as our "misleaders". Complete ignorance of the Slavic world plays into the hands of NATO expansionists who dominate in Washington and London.
For some rational discussion - and education - on Russia, watch the following interview with the late Professor Stephen F Cohen, perhaps the United States' most erudite scholar on Russia. Needless to say, he was smeared throughout his career as a "Pawn of Putin", and other such phrases by journalists and politicians; either dolts, or malicious characters doing the bidding of the Deep State and corrupt security services. Friends, stop emoting, and START thinking.
Pray for peace and a ceasefire (this will require humility and compromise on all sides).
In the meantime, educate yourself. Set aside 20 minutes and listen to Dr. Cohen's interview. (There is a Second part that is equally well worth careful viewing).
"The American media and the political mainstream is trying got stop [diplomatic relations and peace] that. Remember. That anything approaching diplomatic negotiations with Russia, still less detante is now being criminalized in the United States. Criminalized. What was once an honourable tradition, the pursuit of detante, is now a capital crime".