Yes, a very deep insight. What the world really needs is a deeper look into Ukrainian culture at this point. Perhaps all those Russian studies programs in the West who call themselves "Slavic" but who are actually Russian in reality, should revisit their curriculum and understand how imperialism has buried centuries of Ukrainian culture. I, as an English-speaking resident of Ukraine, know I have barely scratched the surface of Ukrainian culture. Some good things will come of this war and I think a better understanding of Ukrainian culture will be one of them. I was always fascinated with the Russian Channel One series "Ekaterina", "Sophia", "Rasputin", and their adaptation of Bulgakov's "The White Guard" which has quite a bit of anti-Ukrainian sentiment despite being shot in Kyiv. The ancient history of Ukraine must be reclaimed then work its way to the modern. Just my two cents. Peace.

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A poem in frustration

Photo by Author: Kyiv Botanical Garden 3/30/2002

Old Joe and NATO sitting on a fence
Talking how strong they are, no defense
While children just keep on dying
Mothers on their knees, keep crying
Blood of innocents on the streets flowing
Old chickens sitting there and knowing
Death flies over, keeps falling from above
What do they do? Nothing, there is no love
Just more devastating destruction in a free land
Give nothing worthy to Ukraine’s outstretched hand
One asks the question and wonders is this what they want?
Seems all their tough talking bluster is just a false front

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