The conflict in Ukraine is a civil war triggered by a violent unconstitutional coup. Crimea’s secession from Ukraine was not a conquest but was a valid - and highly popular - exercise of the right of self-determination provoked by the coup. The present government in Kiev includes right wing extremist elements. It is pathologically Russophobic and intolerant and resorts to violence whenever it is challenged. It is opposed by a large proportion of Ukraine’s population, who reject its intolerant ideology and its violent and lawless methods.
RT’s and the Russian media’s narrative of the Ukrainian conflict is convincing because it is based on these facts. The Western narrative of the Ukrainian conflict - that it is entirely the result of Russian aggression against a “democratic” and otherwise “peaceful” Ukraine - is not convincing because it denies these facts.