The Russian media began a discussion about the fraternal Ukrainian people. Opinions are different, but basically it all comes down to the brainwashing theory. It seems as if 23 had been so brainwashed by the "unfortunate Ukrainians" that they forgot about their roots. They recall Kievan Rus, the Orthodox faith, St. Vladimir, the Pereyaslav Rada, and many more zigzags of our joint and not stories. Moreover, as a result of these discussions, it seems that this people within the borders of modern Ukraine has existed for many hundreds of years. The maximum that attention is drawn to is Western Ukraine (they are mostly called "Bandera") and Eastern (such as ours).
Some of our politicians and political scientists express the opinion that a peaceful division into two states is necessary: Novorossia and Ukraine. Some see Ukraine without Galicia. Change Yatsenyuk and a number of odious personalities, and everything will fall into place. I think this is an erroneous point of view. The ex-president of France, Giscard d'Estaing, spoke on this topic much more realistically. He sees Ukraine as a confederative state within the three cantons: Polish Ukraine, Central Ukraine and Russian Ukraine. And these subjects of the confederation, in turn, can be federated.
If we assume that all interested parties want to keep Ukraine within its present borders, then this is a very good proposal. Apparently, even the best of what could be offered. The former president of France very correctly pointed out three main territories, which are different in faith, culture, mentality and even language.
Historically, the lands of Western (Polish) Ukraine have never been part of the Russian Empire or Russia. Yes, more than 700 years ago there reigned Rurikovich, but much time has passed since then. During this time, the language has changed, it has become closer to Polish, the union has been signed with the Roman Catholic Church, and (most importantly) the mentality has changed. The people historically living there are neither bad nor good, they are just different for us and for South-Eastern Ukraine. The people there were raised by the Roman Catholic Church in hatred of everything Russian. And if we believe our scientists, then they and DNA is very different from ours.
Central Ukraine over 300 years was in the composition of various states, which we do not like to remember. As part of Russia, the left-bank part of Central Ukraine appeared in 1686, as a result of the signing of the "Eternal Peace" with the Poles. And the rest was attached much later. This part of Ukraine was also part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. During this time, a language distinct from Russian was formed there (we call it the Little Russian dialect, and in Ukraine it is called surzhik), religion has not changed, and the mentality has changed. What we are now faced with.
Scientists say that we are one people, we have practically no differences even in DNA. But, apparently, it is not agree with them, if we draw conclusions from the events in the Donbas and in Odessa. Southeastern, or, as the former president, Russian Ukraine, called it, became part of Ukraine in 1922 as a result of Lenin's vision of the USSR. At one time these lands were conquered from the Ottoman Empire and began to be settled by Catherine II. This great woman in a very short time settled vast territories. She encouraged the resettlement of Germans, Bulgarians, Greeks, Serbs, etc. There. A large number of Russians were resettled from Russia and the resettlement of Little Russians from Rzeczpospolita was encouraged, which led to conflicts with this once formidable adversary. For most of the people living in this territory, religion, language and mentality are close to us.
So it is necessary to agree with the young Ukrainian "poetess", more precisely with some of her statements about our fraternity. For a large part of the Ukrainians, we are no longer relatives.
Ex-President of France Giscard d'Estaing, apparently, really well understood in the history of the state of Ukraine. This proposal of his will support many states, if they hear. Especially those who are interested in the return of loans given to Ukraine. Maybe Obama will hear it?
Not all brothers are relatives
- Yuri Turkul