Russia’s claims ignore the truth that Ukraine has its own identity
Interactions with Ukrainians make it clear that Ukraine was its own country even in Soviet times
When I reached Lviv, the city of many names because of the vagaries of nationalism and realpolitik, there were banners across the town saying simple, indisputable things, such as two plus two equalling four. The Ukrainian writers and poets I met felt rather intensely about it. Two plus two was, of course, four, so why did one need to state it?