Ukraine–dichotomies and questions

I’m thinking a lot about my ancestors in Ukraine. I’ve just finished reading Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine. Although the book sometimes was heavy on minutiae, it was a revealing text on an area about which most people in the world are unfamiliar. The only reason people now are even vaguely aware of Ukraine is due to the Russian-backed insurgents creating problems to prevent Ukraine from pursuing a NATO membership.

This area has been awash in blood for centuries. Only recently have Ukrainians been afforded the opportunity for self-government. However, inherent corruption from the Soviet system is endemic in Ukraine, too. With so much instability, Ukraine teeters on the brink. Continue reading