Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Ukraine fights for a greater cause”

By Jack Lessenberry, March 1, 2022

Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, when I traveled to the Soviet Union as first a graduate student and then a journalist, we were sternly advised not to call it “Ukraine.”

“It is ‘the Ukraine,’” a diplomat told me, a province or “republic” of the Soviet Union, not an independent country.

That all changed, of course, when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and 1991, and Ukraine, like the other 14 former Soviet republics, got to be an independent country at last.

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