With the Malaysian Airlines disaster and subsequent blaming of Ukraine, is anyone still considering marrying a Russian, Crimean or East Ukrainian? Reading some of the posts, Ukraine is polarized, with some siding Russia on the Ukrainian side and probably vice versa. How much of this Russian #$%@ being absorbed and believed in Ukraine?
I have been seeing some coverage of the airline shootdown on RT (Russia Today) and United Country (Ukraine TV program) on the local PBS stations in my area. The RT coverage focuses on interviews with people who "side" with the Russian claims about the airline shootdown and they also have interviews with the refugees that have crossed the border to escape the fighting. The United Country coverage mostly focuses on the reporting and interviews with the Ukrainian government "side" of the crash.
I am corresponding with a small number of FSU women (one who was born in Russia) and I have so far not gotten into any verbal wars about the situation in the country. When I started to visit the dating sites, I did come across a lady in the Crimea region and discussed the annexation issue very briefly. She got upset and stopped communicating. I first started using the overseas dating sites back in the late 1990s and in my opinion, it was a much more volatile period, given the change to the government at that time.
Of my three contacts in Crimea, one said she likes the Russian occupation. I left it at that.
Just after the occupation, I said sorry about the Russian occupation to another. She asked sorry about what? I asked if she liked it. She said yes, and I left it at that.
The last one was in Kiev at the time and she was terribly upset. She is back in Crimea now. She said she does not like war. I asked her if Ukraine should give up Donetsk and she said, of course not. But she does not like war.
I still have a contact in Zaporozhye. They say that is classified as eastern Ukraine. I asked her if there was justification that the Russian speakers were in danger in Ukraine. She said none at all.
The lady in Crimea appeared to take offense to my comment about the Crimea takeover incident saying it should have been part of Russia all along and that the West was making a big deal about the takeover (essentially saying it is none of your business). She seemed to be in a bit of a huff about it, so I did not speak to her further.
The lady in the Poltava oblast (born in Russia) was the one that I mentioned about the airline shootdown and conflict to see what would be her reaction. She said that the country is unstable now and she has decided to live overseas and change her life. She does not think the country will change that much in her lifetime. She previously visited the US as a teenager.
Two ladies that I have contacted in Zaporozhye have for the most part mentioned very little about the conflict and annexation issue. One of the ladies was born in Russia and her main gripe about the conflict is that her vacation plans were disrupted this summer. The other lady does not talk about the conflict at all with me.
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