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  •  Re. living standards... (4+ / 0-)
    Membership in the EU is no  guarantee of raised living standards either.
    For sure. Just ask Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, and Greece.
    •  Agreeed - membership is no guarantee, but (0+ / 0-)

      Western Ukrainians look to their fellow Poles (remember Lviv used to be Polish) and see a success story they would like to emulate. They look to Russia and see a stultified distorted shell of what could have been a powerful democracy on the world stage. Poland had to go through its own battles with the religious fundies wrapped in the nationalist banner, and Ukrainians will have to similarly deal with their church and elements like Right Sector.

      But the recent actions of Russia and Russian-speakers in East Ukraine have probably accelerated their desire to get the h*ll out of the new Soviet Union. From their perspective it's not just about the money.

      •  This is cogent and perceptive (0+ / 0-)

        observation, islandchris. But the tendency of Western media to cast Putin in a diabolic role does Ukraine no favors.

        And you must admit that Putin's new Russia has offered its people a far better standard of living than any previous government has.

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