Who cares is my honest take. Russia is being built up as a boogie man. Putin just misplayed his hand in Ukraine and he doesn't actually want a fight, he wanted some concessions about Ukraine being barred from NATO. He misplayed his hand and is now looking weak. He'll probably get some light concession and then trumpet it as a win but he's not a major player in practice at the level of the US, Germany, China, India, Japan. Their economy is even smaller than Canada's. They are not a world power.
I think it serves a lot of military companies narrative interests to have them as a bad guy. We are spending $778 billion on the military now and the big question is why? Both parties are ok with this. If you compare what we are doing to what they are doing it's wild. We literally just split off Taiwan and Ukraine and are propping them up against China and Russia and they response we've gotten back is idle posturing. Imagine if China brought their military into say Hawaii or Puerto Rico and told everyone to recognize them as a new country. That is LITERALLY what we are doing to them. Do you think it makes sense to go to war over either of these countries anyway? This stuff is all a distraction. They aren't even remotely on our level. However the media wants us all to worry and provoke them for some curious reason. You are an old cynic come on lol