You may say they are influenced by Europe but last time I checked there were no NATO forces inside Ukraine. Only Russian Federation soldiers. Europe offering trade deals and access to European Union institutions is hardly meddling that justified armed intervention. Russia in fact has such trade deals across the globe which have yet to result in armed intervention from any other nation who does so to protect their interests.
What Russia is doing is "Gunboat Diplomacy" in its quite literal sense. It does not want a Ukraine free of Russian control much less a Ukraine which prefers to do business with the West rather than Moscow.
If Ukraine tomorrow said it no longer wished to join the EU and wanted to be part of/have close ties with Russia I guarantee you the Russian troops would go home and the "Illegal Neo - Nazi, Extremist, Western Government" would suddenly have Russia's blessing to rule Ukraine and the former president would not be offered any sort of immunity in Russia.
- Oppose Russia, you burn.
- Worship Russia, you're ruling elite are showered with luxuries as your people are led into a false sense of security.
Yes true of the West but regardless of what you'll probably try and say, the West at the least doesn't try to hide it, we know bankers get bonuses and leaders get mansions there's no secrecy to that whereas Russia lies and denies that it bribes people left, right and center claiming to be a nation not corrupted when as we've seen with the Presidential Palace in Ukraine, that's clearly not the case.
Also I've listened to Russia's Foreign Ministers speeches and I can only describe them as being lie filled, hypocritical and full of more bullshit than George Bushes infamous "Saddam has the bomb" speeches and Baghdad Bobs famous "There are no foreign troops in Baghdad." Speech