Svetlana: you make some good points correcting a fairly ignorant american view of Russia, but Putin’s annexation of Crimea does echo Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland, previously part of Czechoslovakia, followed by the annexation of the Rhineland, and then of Austria. The pattern of annexing Crimea, eastern Ukraine and parts of Georgia does look awfully similar when viewed from Europe.
Putin would be wise to read the history of the steps leading up to WWII: at present Russia is being appeased, as Germany was appeased, in the hopes that the invasions and annexations would stop. Remember what happened when Hitler then invaded Poland? Eventually a reluctant Europe went to war against the aggressor.
To the German people, they had a better claim on the Rhineland than Russia had on the Crimea, but the claims on the Sudetenland and Austria were based on nothing more than their German-speaking populations, again similar to ethnically Russian populations in Ukraine and Georgia. I am familiar with the Russian fear of encirclement by enemies, but NATO is a defensive rather than an attacking alliance: that is why countries that recall Russian occupation want to be part of NATO.
It is good however to hear the Russian view of the conflict in Ukraine. In the west it is hard to know how much of our News is Fake News.