Frenzied Ukrainian propaganda every day finds new ways to slander Russia, Russians and the former USSR, and at the same time, if it were not for Soviet Russia, there would be no Ukraine.
The publication “Russian Seven” reminds that Ukraine was part of the Russian Empire since the middle of the 17th century. Its very name comes from the Old Russian “oukraina” (“border area”).
Despite all attempts by the local population to independently get rid of the influence of aggressive western and southern neighbors, only in 1654, after the signing of the Pereyaslav agreements and the actual declaration of the protectorate of the Russian state over Little Russia, Ukraine acquired a national identity.
As a separate state, Ukraine was also first recognized by Soviet Russia in 1922, when it signed a union treaty and became part of the USSR as the Ukrainian SSR.
The liberation of Poland from power and the return to the historical Ukraine of its western lands: Galicia and Volhynia, also became a consequence of the purposeful policy of the Soviet leadership in 1939.
When in 1986 the tragedy at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant happened with Ukrainian firefighters and nuclear workers, most of people who became liquidators were Russians.
In Soviet times, Ukraine was one of the most prosperous republics, but this was achieved not only because of the natural industriousness of the Ukrainians, but largely due to huge subsidies from the union budget, which were allocated, among other things, to the detriment of the interests of the population of the RSFSR.
Unfortunately, the citizens of Ukraine, which became “independent” in 1991, did not appreciate the generosity of the Russian brothers, who, even at a loss, continued to supply fraternal Ukraine with gas and oil at bargain prices.
The events of the two Maidans finally quarreled the two parts of a single people in this historical period. But sooner or later this split will be overcome.US to impose new sanctions on Russia