Nobody in the Ukraine, not even president Zelensky, seems to have believed Putin would actually invade. They thought his military buildup was a bluff, a bargaining chip to use in diplomacy. But the American elite did not want diplomacy and did everything in their power to subvert it.
The Revolution was televised, and there was all the difference
Let’s try to step out of Facebook World, Plato’s Cave, and look at things as they are.