Putin and Trump rely on Democracies not to simply prosecute their actions but sit and examine all the pros and cons from every angle and over a great length of time normalizing them. In the meantime people or victims are left to fend for themselves. Trump has spent his life not being prosecuted for his life-long bad behaviors, throwing dead cats on the table to rationalize and get away with with his misdoings. Isn’t there a danger in saying there’s good and bad on both sides or saying two sides are the same when they’re not!
The fact that Putin is trying to justify the unjustifiable in Ukraine does not mean we must ignore the U.S. actions that fuel his narrative.