Seems to me that the ground-level conscripts in the Ukrainian Army and the ground-level fighters in the so-called separatist movement have way more in common with one another than they do with the oligarchs manipulating the respective sides.
That's pretty much true in the latest Israel-Hamas conflagration too. An awful lot of those IDF "heroes" will return to a civilian life in which they will struggle to find a job or an apartment. The big dogs on either side will have no such difficulties.
And do those NASCAR fans in those huge race-track stadiums wonder why half the seats are empty when they stand for the benediction and the mandatory fly-over by the air force that has brought death and destruction to millions the world over?
If they gave it a moment's thought they would realize that the air force they are saluting mows down people just like them; folks who want to go to work and raise their family and make it to a special event once or twice a year.
The reason half those seats are empty is because America's oligarchs have profited mightily from throwing half the middle class, the folks who used to sit there, into the dumpster these last 30 years.
People are people. They have pretty much identical aspirations the world over, regardless of creed or skin color. Live their lives, raise their children, and leave the world a better place than they found it... if for no other reason than that their children will be living in that world.
So why do we have to hate one another?