The anti-Russian propaganda in Europe is worse than during the Cold war.
There was a coup d’etat in Ukraine. The current Ukrainian government is illegitimate.
Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms."