Can you please tell me about a place that U.S has annexed a part of other country into it self?
If you cannot, then you are misguided in your effort to justify the invasion and occupation of Crimea. I also want to remind you that what Russia has done is against U.N charter.
What Putin is simple. He is a brutal dictator, what he has not yet done is to show it. The propaganda from Russia is massive, the world channel for that propaganda is RT network. It pumps out misinformation, lies and just pure KGB style propaganda all days and not only in English but also in several other languages. Other good example of this is ITAR-TASS. Here is the latest news. I don't have to tell you that this is total bullshit "news".
People in Russia have in general no idea what is going on. Internet coverage is not that good as in Europe or U.S. They also have to deal with censored internet today inside Russia. Washington Post sums this up nicely.
There is a lot of people in Europe and U.S that accept Russia propaganda as the truth. There is just one problem with it, it's all lies and deception.