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Ukraine is completely different country from Russia!

 

In the famous movie The Transporter with David Statham it is put in basicly two phrases with deep meanings: "we are different people in heart and mind" (please watch this 1 minute video).

 

As we see it, if the whole world sees Bear as a symbol of Russia, in that case the symbol of Ukraine would be beatiful Crane (or Krane in our variation. It's German spelling of the same word anyway).

 

Why Crane? Because unlike aggressive current Russia, Ukraine is a peaceful and nature loving country.

But to better define the differencies between two nations, the following facts need be mentioned:

 

In the first place, current Ukraine is a HUGE country in itself - by territory it is the largest country entirely in Europe meaning that European part of Russia is smaller in size. It makes Ukraine larger in size than France or Germany with only a little less in population – around 43 million people at the moment.

For Americans the closest comparison of Ukrainian territory would be the size of the State of Texas

 

In the second place,  Ukraine or Kievan Rus is one of the oldest states in Europe.

For example, in the 10th century Kiev was several times larger than Paris or London.

 

In his book Prof. Raffensperger proves and shows that Kiev Rus' was the Biggest KINGDOM of Medieval Europe!

 

Here is what a Harvard University Professor Serhii Plokhii writes in his book "The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine" on the influence Kiev had on other nations of that time:

"Under Yaroslav’s rule, (Kievan) Rus’ became a full-fledged member of the Christian community of nations. Later historians would call him the “father-in-law of Europe” because he married his sisters and daughters to European heads of state. His father’s acceptance of Christianity from Byzantium and the subsequent importation of cultural influences from Constantinople to Rus’ soil were important preconditions for that development. Unlike his father, Yaroslav was not wed to a Byzantine princess, but his son Vsevolod was—to a daughter of the Byzantine emperor Constantine IX Monomachus. Yaroslav himself married a daughter of Olaf Eriksson, the king of Sweden—a reflection of the Viking origins of the dynasty. His daughter Yelyzaveta (Elizabeth) was the consort of Harald Hardrada, the king of Norway. His son Iziaslav married a sister of the Polish king Casimir, who was already married to one of Yaroslav’s sisters. Yaroslav’s daughter Anastasia became the spouse of Andrew the White of Hungary, and another daughter, Anna, married Henry I of France.

Whatever the political reasons behind these marriages, in purely cultural terms they benefited the European rulers more than they did the princes of Kyiv. Anna’s case shows this best. Unlike her husband, Anna knew how to read and sign her name, an indication that the Kyivan chronicler’s praise of Yaroslav for his love of books and promotion of learning was hardly excessive. Anna wrote to her father that she found her new land (France) “a barbarous country where the houses are gloomy, the churches ugly, and the customs revolting.” Paris under Henry I was clearly not Constantinople, but more importantly, in Anna’s eyes, it did not rank even with Kyiv."

 

The aforementioned Queen Anna was the first Queen of France to serve as regent. There are several beautiful monuments to her in the current France where she is named as Anne de Kiev. 

 

It was only in the 12th century (!) when a Kievan prince Yury founded an outpost to the north among the foreign tribes and called it Moscow.

Moscow gradually became the capital of a new country which for several hundred years bore the name of Muscovia.

Did you know that there was NOT the country named "Russia" until the czar Peter the 1st stole it from Kievan Rus together with its history in the early 18th century?

This year Ukrainian Parliament tries to officially prohibit Muscovy state using the stolen name.

 

 

By the way, here is what Seghii Plokhii writes about the name Cossacks in the same book mentioned above and there relationship to Muscovy:

 

"In 1492, the year Christopher Columbus landed on the Caribbean island he named San Salvador and King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed a decree expelling the Jews from Spain, the Cossacks made their first appearance in the international arena. According to a complaint sent that year to Grand Duke Alexander of Lithuania by the Crimean khan, subjects of the duke from the cities of Kyiv and Cherkasy had captured and pillaged a Tatar ship in what seems to have been the lower reaches of the Dnieper. The duke never questioned that these might be his people or that they might have engaged in steppe-style highway robbery. He ordered his borderland (the term he used was “Ukrainian”) officials to investigate the Cossacks who might have been involved in the raid. He also ordered that the perpetrators be executed and that their belongings, which apparently had to include the stolen merchandise, be given to a representative of the khan.

 

If Alexander’s orders were carried out, they had no lasting effect. In the following year, the Crimean khan accused Cossacks from Cherkasy of attacking a Muscovite ambassador"

 

There is another Professor who argues that Kyivan Rus was KINGDOM

 

There are many other differences between Ukrainian and Russian cultures, such as to name the few:

 

- We are different in origin -  Ukrainians belong to Slavic group of people, while Muscovites or "Russians" to Finn-Ugric group 

- Different in culture, national clothes, traditions, language

- Our cusine is quite different from the Russian one. They did borrow some of Ukrianian dishes, but for example world famous Borsch is clearly original Ukrainian dish.

 

- Ukrainian national Hopak dance is quite different from the Russian Kalinka. Hopak is considered to be the expression of martial art and there is Combat Hopak which illustrates how Cossacks showed their skills to each other. Russian Kalinka, it's roundelay part, as current Ukrainians joke is a perfect dance for prison cell.

Vivid example of diferent spirits between Ukraine and Russia is in just TWO paintings of a famous Ukrainian painter Ilya Repin 

 

Here is UKRAINE in the 18th century (and now) - "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Turkish Sultan"

And here is Russia - "Barge Haulers on the Volga"

 

  

- The difference between two nations can also be illustraed by comparing national and symbolic music instruments of two nations - between 

(National music instrument may tell a lot about the nation itself. About its soul expressed in melody of its songs, don't you agree?

 

And it is very symbolic when you look at Russian three-stringed balalaika and Ukrainian bandura which has up to 68 strings! (wikipedia)

 

And that is how Ukraine is truly different from Russia - much more sophisticated, much more melodic. More subtle and sensitive? More discerning and creative? (it's harder to create bandura than balalaika, isn't it?)

 

For centuries Moscovites tried to forbid or eliminate this Ukrainian folk art. Because of envy? Because of trying to destroy the identity of the nation? Read what they did to 300 bandurists they invited for the "conference" in Kharkiv in 1933 (in the same wikipedia article above, paragraph "persecution"

 

Just listen how bandura sounds and you can feel the spirit of Ukraine!

And here is Anthem of Ukraine played on Bandura

 

 

Below is the latest joke on the pretences of Muscovites to call themselves "the elder brothers" to Ukrainians: