Admittedly, I’m no expert on Ukrainian or Russian culture. But I have spent some time in Ukraine; walked the streets of Kiev, and know people from there. There are a couple of facts that even my limited knowledge of Ukraine make pretty clear.
First, tall Ukrainian women that make the average Victoria’s Secret runway model look like Oly sipping trailer trash are a dime a dozen. Really, I don’t exaggerate. There are more beautiful women per square meter in Ukraine than most any other place on the planet.
The second fact is that, for the most part, the narrative attempting to be propagated by anti-EuroMaidan types is complete and utter bullshit. I’ve seen it trolled out on various comment sections in news stories about the current political crises in Ukraine. It goes something like this: Ukraine, whether it likes it or not is closely tied to Russian culture. It makes sense to bring Ukraine back into the Russian fold. Ukraine is an offshoot of the great Russian culture, etc. Yes, it’s far more complex than that, but it is the general gist.
It’s a sort of continuation of Soviet era propaganda. When they say that Ukraine is part of the Russian culture, what they are really saying is “Soviet” culture. They, and the pseudo gay-bar patron lookalike, Putin (anyone who tries to express their manhood as much as Putin does obviously questions their own masculinity), are trying to rekindle much of the Soviet Empire culture. That worked out so well, why wouldn’t you want to play that game again?
The reality is that Russian culture’s roots come from Ukraine. Ukraine is the birthplace of Russian culture. Yet Ukraine–and many other Eastern European countries–for decades, was a victim of Soviet culture. The fact is that Russian culture is mostly nothing more than a Mongolized bastardization of Ukrainian culture. On top of that, Russian culture has been tainted by the completely insane, evil ideology of Soviet Communism.