Ukraine's long history of subjugation to Russia has left its residents without any common answer to the fundamental question of what it means to be Ukrainian. To build a cohesive state and nation, Ukraine must provide common ground to both western Ukrainians, who identify primarily with traditional Ukrainian culture, and eastern Ukrainians, many of whom identify more closely with popular Russian culture.

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