As others at The Nation and elsewhere have observed over the past two weeks, the Ukraine political conflict (not to mention history) is complex, and one should be wary of black and white portrayals in the American media and via US officials and members of Congress. This applies as well to RT (formerly Russia Today) television and, which have a following among some on the US left and many others.

RT, of course, is funded by the federal budget of Russia through the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. According to its Wikipedia page, it currently reaches the homes of 85 million in the United States, making it the foreign channel with the second-highest penetration here (after the BBC). It also goes out to over 600 million in 100 other countries, they say.

Just for fun, here are all of the Ukraine-related headlines on their site at present:

Kerry’s threats vs Russia unacceptable, West sides with neo-Nazis—Russian FM

Arms, 400 kilos of explosives seized from Kiev radicals on Crimean border

Up to 10yrs’ jail for dual citizenship: Ukrainian bill targets tens of thousands

Russian Defense Ministry dismisses Ukraine ultimatum reports as ‘total nonsense’

Anti-Maidan protesters storm regional govt building in Donetsk

​Rule by oligarchs: Kiev appoints billionaires to govern east

From Kabul to Kiev, American meddling wreaking havoc

Russian option to send troops is only to protect human rights—Lavrov

Anti-Russian rants are just PR ahead of EU parliamentary poll—Russian officials

Crimean air base pledges allegiance to local authorities

Russia’s UN envoy: Radical forces destabilising Ukraine must be stopped

And, on the op-ed page:

’No chance of Russia being able to back down on Ukraine’

The West organized the coup in Ukraine and they can make this very ugly, but there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, Danny Welch, blogger and anti-war activist, told RT.