My father was born near the city of Kiev in a small village over a hundred years ago, so I am, by heritage, a Ukrainian. The history of Ukraine is complicated, confused, and it has changed decade to decade from being independent, part of Russia, and even being part of Poland. After the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, Ukraine became an independent nation. However, eastern areas of the country retain a high percent of people who miss the old days of being part of Mother Russia while those in western Ukraine are happy never again to have anything to do with Russia, which never was a Mother to those people. Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire, just got elected president of Ukraine. As far as he is concerned, Ukraine also includes the Crimea.
“Citizens of Ukraine will never enjoy the beauty of peace unless we settle our differences with Russia. Russia occupied Crimea which was, is, and will be Ukrainian.”
Ok, great sentiment. President Poroshenko is in the same boat as is President Obama with nutty Republicans. They will not change anymore than Russia will give up the Crimea. So, get on with your life and accept reality.
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So, what happens if an election is held but there is no place for people to cast their ballot let alone having people who want to cast a ballot? Here in America we have something called, “elections” and about forty percent of the people just do not show up to cast a ballot. No surprise that in Ukraine yesterday and election was held to determine who would be president and a heck of a lot of people in eastern regions refused to accept the idea there even was an election. About twenty percent of eastern region Ukkrainians want to return to the good old days being part of Russia. There is scant doubt they are being provided with guns and money by the Russian government.
Anyway, most eastern folk did not vote, either because there were no ballots, let alone polling places due to separatists. After all, who wants to risk life in order to vote? Most probably in Ukraine, let in dear old USA, money talks. Industralist Petro Poroshenko will win and life will go on. Sorry, separatists, Vladimir Putin does NOT want you. He finally figured out that getting eastern Ukraine would cost money.
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