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I understand that there are Russians reading this, so I will try to be nice. But, as some of you know, some of the Russians writing on this forum are not trying to be nice.
I live part time outside of Odessa, Ukraine.
I visited Kiev and the Maidan in December and January. I went, because I knew I could not trust western media. And Russian media is no better. So, I went to see for myself.
No one was scared (I was not there during the violence). One friend was there during the violence, she worked as a volunteer nurse during the shootings. Women were not scared to bring their children.
The Maidan was more like a festival than like a protest.
My friends were involved in organizing the Odessa Maidan celebrations.
Now for my observations: Maidan did not scare people. Ukrainians were free to express their opinions.
RUSSIANS frequently visited - there were a lot of Russian TOURISTS there.
BUT, Russians were petrified of having their pictures taken there .... I wonder why?
Ukrainians fear (FEAR) the Nationalists. The Nationalists trying to force a Soviet era reset upon Ukraine scares almost everyone in Ukraine.
Do NOT misunderstand, there are TWO nationalist movements. One Ukrainian, the other Russian. The Ukrainian movement has had support from the West. But, there is NO evidence of State sponsored terrorism. The Russian movement has support from Russia, and a lot of people are dead, and there is a lot of destruction.
Ukrainians are not a destructive people - normally.
Ukrainians break down into two groups of people. One group had grand-parents who were Ukrainian. The other group had grand-parents who were Russian.
Both groups see themselves as Ukrainian. Very, Very few see themselves as 'Soviet.'
If you want to get all of your news from western or Russian sources, great. Just don't expect me to accept either side's propaganda.
I live there. And the lives of my friends are at stake.