No, but the UGCC myth has it Orthodox Russia prevented the Ukrainian Orthodox from flocking en mass to the Vatican, so they assUme that now that Russia is across the border, Kiev will march west. Case in point the memoires of Lototsky, Ukrainian minister of religious affairs in the short lived Hetmanate, among other things:
But Isa's point sort of begs the question, IMHO. Sort of a chicken and the egg. Was the 'myth' that the Orthodox would flock to the protection of the Greek Catholics really nothing more than an expression of naive, nascient nationalism being expressed in the only form that was really possible at the time rather than some positive affirmation of papal supremacy and Roman universality? Growing up when I did, I certainly remember enough old timers from the old country saying something akin to , "Oh Yes we were 'Greek Catholic' but we were really not 'under' the Pope. He sort of protected us from (fill in the blank) but we really weren't 'under' him like the 'Rimsky Katlics' next door." I suspect that is where the fiction of 'Orthodox, but 'united' with Rome' comes from - a sort of double-edged denial. One thing that they knew at that point in time was that the 'Rimsky's' were 'different' than were the 'Grik Katlics.' This sentiment would be heard out of the mouths of the most angry supports of the Unia in American parishes and from the mounths of their most angry neighbors or brothers who left the Unia to join the Orthodox.
This whole mess is inextricably tied into the problem of national self-identity and its shadows still extend across the Atlantic.
Indeed, I should note that this entire issue goes beyond current affairs in modern Ukraine. Many Orthodox in America, particularly those converts or married into to the Slavic churches such as the OCA, ROCOR, ACROD and even the UOC have little real knowledge of the foundations of their respective jurisdictions.
The overwhelming majority of the parishes which formed the foundations of these jurisdictions (along with the BCC and UGCC in America) came from the realm of the former Austria-Hungary and to a far lesser extent, Tsarist Russia.
It has been said that the prime cause of the 'split' ethnic identities and religious allegiances of these immigrants orginating from Austria-Hungary and Tsarist Russia (and their political successors both post ww1 and ww2 in North America) is tied to just WHEN those immigrants came to the new world. The current perceptions of the grandchildren of those folks who now inhabit our modern day OCA, ROCOR, UOC, ACROD, BCC and UGCC parishes and communities across this continent often have a flawed understanding of the complexities underlying their roots and origins.
It can not be denied that there was a strain of panslavism and Russophilism in what is now west Ukraine, south Poland and east Slovakia during the latter years of Magyar rule beginning in the mid-19th century. Men such as the much revered, even to this day in Europe, Fr. Alexander Duchnovyc, father of the Rusyn National Awakening following 1848, did hold admiration for certain things now considered to be 'Russian.' The awakening of Ukrainian and other national identities were certainly suppressed under both the Magyar or the Russian empires and one's 'ethnic' sub-identity was dependent upon the sympathies of the ruling class governing one's ancestral location. Retaining Greek Catholicism was a key way in which cultural and religious identity was preserved against either unwarranted Roman Catholic, Magyar or Russian pressures.
World War one and the Russian Revolution let the proverbial genie out of the bottle and the impacts of centuries of repression are still being played out across the realms of the two defunct Empires - Tsarist Russia and that of the Hapsburg monarchies.
For that matter, the detritus of those long dead empires has much to do with the alphabet soup that is now American Orthodoxy and the continuing identity issues within the BCC church in the USA. Indeed, census records and scholarly publications indicate that at the height of immigration to America some one million individuals came here self-identifying as Ruthenians, Lemkos, Galicians etc.(Immigration records from prior to the 1920's show that few self identified as either Ukrainian or Russian. For that matter -'Hungrish' (i.e. Austro-Hungarian) and even 'Slavish', whatever that meant, appear on row upon row of immigration records.) If you combine the numbers of Orthodox north and eastern Slavs and Slavic Eastern Catholics in America today you come nowhere near that number - especially when you consider probable population growth progressions of such a number over the course of a century! That probably accounts for the inflation of membership numbers across the board in these jurisdictions through the 1980.s
The constant bickering, fighting and schisms caused by the lack of a coherent sense of self no doubt is to blame for this reality.
I recall the fanciful anecdote about the elderly Baba living outside of Muchachevo, who when interviewed by an American reporter following the collapse of communism in the early 1990's, observed that during her lifetime she had lived in five different countries. The young lady conducting the interview followed up that comment by observing that the Baba must have seen the world in her lifetime.
The old woman smiled and said she had never ventured outside of her village. How could that be, the reporter asked?
The Baba answered that when she was born, Austria-Hungary was her nation. Following the end of World War One, she was a citizen of Czechoslovakia, for a few days in 1938 she resided in the 'independent' republic of Carpatho-Ruthenia, following the Second World War she was a citizen of the USSR and in her old age she resided in Ukraine.
Her sister, on the other hand, only lived in four countries as she had moved to Medzilaborce after getting married in 1921 and now was a Slovak!
All of us and our respective jurisdictions have to move beyond the weight of the past as it recedes far into the recesses of collective memories. If not, only myth will remain and myth is the enemy of real Faith.