U.S. and European leaders say Russia is becoming more "aggressive" lately; with NATO troops on its border, Moscow sees things differently.
The vicious slogans of the AfD and its fascist accompanists as well as to the guilty leaders of the old parties are still steering Germany into ever more dangerous waters.
This creates a deplorable situation in Ukraine, and a horrible precedent for the rest of Europe and beyond.
The Left Party is the only opposition force with any real clout in Germany, so a gathering with representatives of its 60,000 members was important enough.
Sectors of the ultra-right with fascist and Nazi origins were allowed to run riot by the respectable" conservatives who took over the Ukrainian government in February.
A combination of regular Ukrainian military supplemented by private militias organized by right wing political groups had been bombarding the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.
In Germany today, references to Putin evoke all too sharply recollections of German language used against every Russian leader since the start of World War I.
People with their own agendas push their versions of who is to blame, there is a shooting war between military forces and local militias, and half a million refugees have crossed into Russia.
The crisis in the Ukraine continues to be big news here in Germany, on front pages and screens.
In Russia the memories of the Nazi invasion of 1941, of the war that followed and of the activities of local Nazi collaborators, including Ukrainian ones historically linked to the present crowd of extremists in Kiev, are strong.