This is emphatically not a forum to discuss politics so I am coming close to breaking one of the rules I helped make. But it seems to me that few people I've spoken with have any real frame of context for the current situation in the Ukraine. Not all that surprising, I'm not sure that most American's can name both of their state Senators let alone the contemporary history of a country half way around the world. I found a (fairly) short video which addresses many of the relevant historical bullet points in an understandable manner:
The (very rapid) speaker raises an excellent point near the end. The Ukraine needs independence and stability and enough time to find their own footing. They need to be able to decide for themselves what relationships they want to share with the E.U. and with Russia without having those relationships dictated to them.