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Ukraine was a state in the same sense as a 2007 house flipper was a flattered real estate investor. Ukraine did not realize what it takes to be a state, and both Russia and the West were happy to keep it credulous. Ukraine was nominally the second most important USSR republic, but already perestroika (not to mention Chernobyl) showed that Ukraine is kept for a joke.
by das monde on Wed May 7th, 2014 at 03:40:24 AM EST
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