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In your otherwise correct historical review you left out the important part that the "independent Ukraine" played as a puppet state of the Nazis and Rumanians in WW II. These, mostly, West-Ukrainians provided auxiliary troops to Hitler under Gen. Wlassov and served willingly as concentration camp guards, participating enthusiastically in Nazi initiated mass murders (Babi Yar!). It has been reported by several news sources that the anti-Russian Ukrainian independence movement is thoroughly suffused with the spiritual heirs to the Wlassov regime. I suggest that these memories are of more immediate impact than the ethnic politics around WW I.
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