You are correct that everything is connected, and that clear lines can be traced between unrelated events. And yet in your own analysis you refuse to draw lines between clearly connected events. You trace the annexation of Crimea to Putin and stop, but America and the EU are directly responsible for that. In 2014 the peaceful protests quickly turned to violent rebellion. If such a rebellion had happened in any pro-Western nation, the other nations would have vocally condemned the violence and supported the government; and yet in the Ukraine Western nations condemned the legally elected government and supported the rebels (months before a scheduled election). Most of Russia’ current “aggression” can be traced back to Western nations influencing the politics of Russia’s trading partners and allies to be anti-Russian.