The problem is that western countries are master manipulators who control information to tell any lie they please to get the results they want.
They have a jew in power in a European country that has nazi ideology (Bandera fan clubs and hero worship), it is not just a case of telling the people the truth, you have to be heard to start with and once brainwashed they will assume everything you say is a lie... there can be no open free and frank discussion in such a situation and talking to blank faces who are not even listening is a waste of your time.
If the Orcs were not shelling their own people I would have said let them suffer and be robbed the way Russia was robbed in the 1990s... when they work out what has happened it will be another thing they have in common with Russia and a good reason to hate the west, but they love the west... there are Indian people in India who loved the Brits being there and want them back, there are lots of victims who develop Stockholm syndrome... there are Russians who think Russias only future is part of the west but the only part on offer is footstool and tool shed.
Russia should make it clear to all countries that they are free to make any choices they please but choices have consequences... Finland joining HATO means a largely closed border with Russia and hostile future relations even after the situation in Ukraine is sorted because HATO is an enemy state to Russia.
I firmly believe that you have to choose to be brainwashed.
You brought up India. Were they brainwashed by the British? No and they aren't being brainwashed by the Americans now either. Of course they still look towards the Anglosphere in a cultural sense and this is perfectly natural. But even being part of the Anglosphere to some extent and being exposed to all the Western media and everything else; no they did not end up brainwashed, they always had an awareness of what's in their own interests, and don't need someone to come along and tell them who their friends and allies should be.
The Ukrainian elites were key actors in bringing about the end of the USSR. It would be inaccurate to assign all blame on them of course; it wasn't only them, and ultimately the most significant role was played by Yeltsin and the gang in Russia itself, and Gorbachev's own incompetence of course, who was also in Moscow.
Yet the point was the Ukraine took a straight path towards independence, and towards integrating with the West, as Russia did at the time too. The Ukrainians flirted somewhat with nationalism at the time, but kept it in check unlike Georgia and the Baltics and so on. But this was just a matter of strategy. In practice, they were selling and giving out every ex-Soviet technology, weapon and secret that NATO asked for. In the 90s under their 2nd president Leonid Kuchma, they were already signing some sort of partnership with NATO and were eyeing eventual membership. You can argue that Russia itself wasn't pursuing a much different policy at the time, but the point is that the Ukraine had made its choice one way or the other.
And then in the early 2000s Ukrainian nationalism started to be cultivated, primarily as a tool for internal political struggles. Eventually though, it started to take its place in identity-building and ideology. This was after the Orange revolution, but still way before the Maidan one.
By the time of the Maidan revolution, neither the Ukrainian elite nor wider population were hostile to Russia, but they were increasingly buying into all the Soros myths about how backward their own country is due to Soviet rule, how corrupt they are and need EU politicians and an action-plan in order to fix that, about how Stalin tried to starve them to death in the 30s, etc..
Of course during the revolution you had the rapid rise to prominence of Ukrainian nationalist radicals, the subscription of more of the population under their banner, outright anti-Russian slogans, and when the inevitable fault-lines appeared in Ukrainian society, you ended up with the Crimea splitting and the rebellion in the Donbass. The Ukrainians blamed this all on Russia, and denied the very possibility that people in the Crimea and the Donbass could possibly have a mind of their own.
From that point on, every ridiculous myth about Russia was propagated by and believed in by enough people in the Ukraine. Every forlorn hope about how Western pressure would force Russia out of the Crimea, how sanctions would collapse their economy. Now about how 130,000 Russian soldiers have been killed at a ratio of 1:7 in favor of the Ukrainians, and the coming Bradley IFVs will enable the Ukrainian army to push Russia out of these 4 regions.
And so they brainwashed themselves. How else to explain it. These figures are made up by themselves, not even by the Americans or the British and so on; who simply re-translate Ukrainian propaganda.
It was a regrettable, sad process but it was their choice and I'm not sure Russia could have done much to stop it.
Now Moldova, and other countries have a choice of their own - do they want to buy into the Washington cool aid or not. Do they want to turn their own territory into a forward operating base for NATO with an eye on helping them to collapse Russia?
If they do, then Russia will take whatever measures are necessary; and at the least build up its presence in Pridnestrovie and annex it in all likelihood.
I don't think Russia should force their hand though; that sort of thing can only build resentment