Skip to comments.CONFLICT WITH RUSSIA GALVANIZES UKRAINE'S IDENTITY
Posted on 03/30/2014 8:50:10 AM PDT by FreeReign
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) He's one of Russia's favorite doctors, the author of books read by parents from Moscow to Siberia. And he lives in eastern Ukraine where the Russian language is dominant and ties to Russia strong.
But when Russia seized control of Crimea, Yevgeny Komarovsky sent this blunt message to the Russian people: We Ukrainians are a nation of our own.
"Don't impose peace on us," Komarovsky told his fans in Russia, many of whom used his books to raise their children, in a video that received nearly 1.2 million views on YouTube.
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"The national ethos is this hard-working, honest peasant attached to the land," said Catherine Wanner, professor of history, anthropology and religious studies at Penn State University, who wrote a book about Ukraine's identity. "Part of the distinction (from Russians) is not wanting to be a colony, but also not wanting to be an imperial power."
The Russian national anthem glorifies Russia's might and grandeur. The Ukrainian anthem dreams of expelling enemies and finally being masters of their own land. In fact the central message of Ukraine's anthem is: Freedom is not dead yet.
We survived the Tsars,Lenin, Stalin and Hitler, famine, wars and the gulag .
We’ll survive Putin.