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"On the Road to Ukraine"

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Everybody, especially Vladimir Putin, believed that Ukraine would fall with bent knees to their northern "brethren". Surprise!

Centuries of Ukrainian history, from the first Vikings in Kyiv to the most recent test in 2014; Ukrainians have tempered the mettle of this brave land.

That heroic fighting nationalistic spirit is now open for the world to witness, from top to bottom, Men, women, and children, all ages; fight for what is RIGHT --- FREEDOM!

The Ukrainian Kozaks, in 14th- to 16th-century legend, defended the Holy Mother Church (Ukraine) against all invaders: The Golden Horde from the east (leaving behind the Tatars to the south), along with Turkey.

And from the west the Polish nobility demanded serfdom, but it was always from the north where jealous off springs spawned an evil branch in Moscow that sought to always control the jewel of the region --- Ukraine.

That insatiable lust made Russia Ukraine's greatest enemy.

Ukraine's biggest mistake during the initial USSR break up was not in removing the nukes. No, the mistake was to allow Russia to continue leasing the Crimean naval base, basically allowing them to control the whole of Crimea and with its Russian-speaking naval family residents --- an unspoken annexation. Ripe for full annexation in 2014.

In 1939, the world watched as Poland was overrun by Germany. This war is starting the same way. Ukraine being Poland.

Next in line would be Georgia and Moldova, for total control. Maybe a year break to regroup and here we are at the border of Estonia. Seems like a plan to me if unchecked.

As in 1939, once the annexations were over --- the real war began and it took the allies a month to realize their mistakes. And Dunkirk, a near disaster, fortunately showed that same iron mettle in the English people, who sailed every boat to the rescue under enemy fire. Allowing those saved men to help defeat the Nazis.

Yes, Ukraine is a country full of heroes, from their leaders to their toddlers saying goodbye to their Dads as they return to the front --- defying all odds. One wonders how many will be able to reunite.

And yet the apathy of commitment is still swaying its breath as no other country will stand and fight alongside Ukraine. Thus allowing the Russian meat grinding to keep on eliminating the brave souls of an honorable valiant nation. Defending freedom for the rest of the world as they watch their hometowns being razed by butchers. Or is that thought escaping everyone here, in the West?

Incredibly, now that Ukraine has exposed the Russian military to be less than the feared image projected by Russian propaganda, perhaps it's time to take apart the pseudo Russian empire as well, and from all sides.

Might this be the time, for Moldova and Georgia to start taking back their homeland? They have just as much history from which to draw their courage to deem their country's total freedom.

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Bohdan Yuri is an Ukrainian-American and the author of "Ukraina: Sons and Daughters" (short stories) and "The Letters".

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