It's good that you have the luxury of thinking about geopolitics so relaxed in, I suppose, a democratic country. I live in eastern Europe, in an ex-communist country and half of century of russian hegemony had brought only poverty, oppression, terror and dehumanization. I'm telling you, there's a reason everyone here wants to embrace the West, because whatever the flaws of democracies, a person can reach his/her true potential, because they are free. A lot of Russians want that too and a democracy in Russia would probably make it a truly big power. However, we can debate any time the problems of the West, but this is not "whataboutism". Putin's Russia is turning more and more into a stalinist state and it's only going to bring misery, hardships and distraught and force people back into a dark era that should be long forgotten, including his fellow Russians. So sure, you can root for Putin and justify "geopolitically" his atrocities and crimes, blaming the west for "inciting" him, blaming Ukraine for wanting to create its own path, doing his work in sowing division, but remember, you should be grateful that you are free to say whatever you want, you should be grateful you live in a democracy and have the opportunities you have and then you will see what good vs bad really means.