Everyone who lives in USA must respect USA. Everyone who lives in Ukraine must respect Ukraine. The list can be continued until all (195) countries will be mentioned.
The problems of Ukraine come from trillions of dollars, spent by Putin's dictatorship, special operations of KGB / FSB and special interests of Gazprom, etc., targeting destruction of the country.
Thank you, brother. That's what I have been pointing out to Isa, all along. And to other Moskvophiles as well.
No way that half of Ukraine has Russian origin. More importantly, as Heorhij correctly pointed out, many Ukrainian patriots have ethnic Russian origin.
According to the official statistics, about 17%-18% of Ukrainian citizens are ethnic Russians. However, of course it is difficult to determine for sure, just who has what ethnic roots. Statistical analyses of this sort are based mostly on people's self-determination.
of speaking Russian formed among very many Ukrainians when their families re-settled from rural areas to big cities. It was a survival thing, because in the urban life of the former Russian Empire, as well as in the urban life of the former USSR,
the Russian language was forced upon people. All bureaucracy was hierarchichal, centralized, "piramidal," reporting to Moscow. Therefore, even though local languages were preserved, there existed schools that taught children in local languages, etc., - the success in people's lives dependend very strongly on mastering the Russian language. In addition, Russian was the only
language of the Soviet Army, where virtually all young men all over the USSR had to serve for 3 years (only rather shortly prior to the disintegration of the USSR eased to 2 years). After having been immersed into the totally Russophone atmosphere for at least 2 years, the 20-year olds returned to their homes with their minds being very thoroughly Russified.
Through and through, there was this notion that only Russian is "real" and useful for anyone who wants to succeed in life, while local languages are not important. My grandmother often recalled how, in the 1920-s, her mother tried to hire young girls to help her with home chores, and these girls made it a condition of their hire that my great-grandma would, as they said, "teach them to speak Urban
" ("shchoby navchyla hovoryty po-horods'komu"
It is Ukraine's great shame, great problem rooted in her colonial past
that so many Ukrainians are habitual Russophones, not something that reflects ethnic "diversity" etc.
Crimean Tatars historically lived in Crimea:
Yes. And they were deported in 1944, totally, as people. Ukraine is now taking steps to cure that tragedy. The Tatars are allowed to return, actually encouraged to return to their historical homeland. There now exist flourishing, prosperous Tatar communities all over the Crimea. Tatars generally are pro-Ukrainian, pro-independence. Their Parliament ("Medzhlis") is rather supportive of the Ukrainian President and of the pro-Ukrainian political parties.
The area to the west from Ukrainian Hetmanate seems very familiar to me because I grew up there. The views are as pro-Ukrainian there as you can imagene. I am talking really about the absolute overwhelming majority. That most certainly includes persons with various non-Ukrainian ethnic roots.
Kyiv, the capital, is overwhelmingly pro-Ukrainian as well, even though you hardly even hear the Ukrainian language on its streets (again, alas, the colonial past...).