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Anti-Russia is a head scratching groan!

I could see the point if there was a definitive and obvious situation over all the would-be Russian involvement in this country re elections, . This stuff has even been raised at high political level by parliamentarians yet for all the airing and the press there is in hard facts no proof! Politicians have gone bananas thinking that just raising it all without proof is  enough. Even that Scottish First Minister has added the last Scottish referendum wasaffected by Russia? The whole thing is getting daft to put it simply.
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A very clever overdoing of things and a bit like what happened in America in the same Russian attitude. Not factual.
"Quit you like men:be strong"

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Map of South Russian dialects

This is how Ukrainians like to think of themselves. The "Little Russian" dialects occupy a far larger area than modern Ukraine.

The area from Taganrog to Kuban river, nowadays by all international agreements considered a piece of Russia, is indicated on the map as being occupied by a portion of Poltava Cossacks, but it was in first order colonised by Don Cossacks and in second order by other peasant migrants from all over Russian Empire. Russian (both Great and Little) migration was encouraged by Russia's rulers to supplant the earlier Turkic-speaking tribes in the area. Crimea on the map is designated entirely Turkic (Crimean Tatar).

Anyway, everything Cossack used to be unequivocally Ukrainian or Ruthenian (i.e. distinct from the Great Russians), but Don Cossacks were the first to be associated with Russia's autocrats so closely as to become soon inseparably Muscovite. The rest of Ukraine/Little Russia lived longer under Polish and Lithuanian rule and developed an identity in contradistinction from Poles and Lithuanians. And when these Ukrainians eventually fell under Muscovite rule, they retained an identity in contradistinction from Muscovites also.

Overall, Ukrainian national awakening has been late, slow, and controversial, as the languages and cultures in and around Ukraine are predominantly Slavic with small differences. It is not easy to assert a separate identity when the differences are small. When ethnic differences are small, a separate identity is forged by history, in this case by the tides of Polish and Muscovite oppression, discrimination, betrayal, neglect, and attempts at assimilation. Ethnically closely related peoples are often termed "brotherly", but history makes brothers cut each others' throats, because throat-cutting is historically a common thing to do and as a first option one would naturally cut the throat of someone immediately next to oneself.