The Western press and its leaders refer to The Crimea as "occupied" and "illegaly annexed". The press and a few voices here refer to the regime in the Crimea as a "dictatorship" and "oppressive".
The Crimea has half the unemployment rate as in The Ukraine. When they voted to join Russia , that country agreed to raise the pensions of the elderly to Russian levels. This was a 40 percent increase. Veterans pensions were also raised to the same level as in Russia which was an increase of 100 percent. There are no drones blowing people up nor is Russia shelling cities.
Some 1 million refugees have FLED the Ukraine for neighboring Russia while if there a flood of Crimeans trying to leave the Crimea , I have yet to hear of it. The IMF is dicating to the Ukraine further cuts to wages and pensions and the surrender of vast tracts of land to Western Investors including those wanting to plant GMO crops. (banned in Russia).
THAT is the reality of "Occupied Crimea" under the "despot putin" compared to the "freedom loving democracy of the Ukraine" that the West champions.
Now let us look at Libya and Iraq and Afghanistan. The West and in particular the US/Nato alliance claims to have "liberated" these countries from despots. The USA justifies its invasion of Iraq because it got rid of the despot Hussein and "freed the people from his tyranny" The NATO/US alliance claims it "liberated Libya" from Qaddaffi and brought "democracy and freedom to Afghanistan" after removing the Taliban.
In those "liberated countries" poverty is rampant. Children go hungry. 1.5 million plus have been murdered. Millions have fled the countries. Women see what little rights they had eroded. Access to health care and housing is marginal. At any moment the USA might drop bombs on a house or murder a wedding party with a drone attack. Doors are kicked in at night and the people hauled off to be tortured at places like Bagram by "special forces".
Now where would ANY objective person rather live?
Occupied Crimea run by Putin the brutal dictator or the Liberated countries of Afghanistan. Libya and Iraq, all "democracies" with the rights and liberties of the people defended by those brave warriors of NATO and the USA?