How a simple inter-Slave quarrel degenerated very fast into a neo-cold war conflict can be explained by much older pre-existing pan european tension.
dorobo thinks this war in Ukraine is a contest between western Rome and eastern Rome. The divisions are both tribal and religious. Both think are the true inheritors of the Roman Empire and the true Christian church.
Western Rome Christian type is Roman Catholic rite and its derivatives like the Lutherans and Anglicans. Western Rome is ruled by Germanic peoples. The great Charlemagne made it into a dynasty and all western royal houses are descended from him. Though capital is still Rome in modern Italy the political centre of gravity is distributed eg London & Brussels.
Capital of Eastern Rome was once in Constantinople from where arose the Eastern Christian rite what we now call Orthodox. But after Muslim conquest the byzantine empire’s capital went to Kiev and later shifted to Moscow. In the last 500 years this empire expanded to the Pacific Ocean and Eurasian steppes. Whether Romanovs, Bolsheviks, Stalin or Putin, all are types of Emperors of eastern Rome.
Ukraine is where the line between east and west runs through. The Russians are trying to plant their flag on this line.