I am neither Russian nor military so why the interest?
My eyes were opened by the rapid deconstruction of the false flag murders by sniper of both sides at the Maidan. Similarly, the rapid exposure of the murders at Kulikovo Fields. I was impressed by the Novorossians, men and women, physically obstructing Ukrops armour with their bodies in the early days. The Nazis revealed their full colors shooting civilians in full view at Mariupol and elsewhere. The harrowing murder of Inna Kukurudza and others at Lugansk. The murder of the innocent third party people on MH17. It is clear that the US has opened war on Russia using Ukraine as a trojan horse.
In terms of relations between Russia and Ukraine, Putin has always made clear that all Russia asks for is a neutral federalizd Ukraine free of NATO. Putin also knows that freedom is only appreciated if fought for. People in Odessa, Kharkov and elsewhere have to shed the yoke of the Nazi oppressors and chose freedom.
Sorry for the long and rambling intro.