The propaganda is flying at breakneck pace with the vast majority of it emanating from the U.S. and its lapdog media. If you caught any of Vladimir Putin's news conference yesterday, your impressions of him are likely rather different than the image being cultivated in the west. He is hardly a madman. Putin is ruthless and disingenuous, but no more so than his American counterpart and the political animal kingdom generally.
I urge you to read former U.S. Treasury Undersecretary Paul Craig Roberts' superb synopsis of what has transpired. It is radically different than the narrative put forth by the U.S. administration and its "presstitutes," as Roberts and Gerald Celente refer to them: Propaganda Rules The News –Paul Craig Roberts
"Washington organized the coup in Ukraine in order to promote its world hegemony by capturing Ukraine for NATO and putting US missile bases on Russia’s border in order to degrade Russia’s nuclear deterrent and force Russia to accept Washington’s hegemony...Washington plotted against and overthrew an elected legitimate government and then lost control to neo-nazis who are threatening the large Russian population in southern and eastern Ukraine, provinces that formerly were part of Russia."