This article originally appeared in Dominion Post
Propaganda coming from all sides makes it hard for New Zealand to understand what is happening in Ukraine, writes Terence O'Brien.
New Zealand hopes to have a seat on the United Nations Security Council from next January. That makes it essential New Zealand fully grasps the complexity of the evolving Ukraine crisis, a crisis whose aftermath will persist through that term.
Achieving that understanding is complicated by the haze of propaganda from every direction.
Russia's actions have provoked consternation because they threaten Ukraine's national sovereignty. But neither country is acting virtuously.
The moral high ground surrounding national sovereignty and military operations is contested space.