Floridatexan wrote:I have a friend from the Ukraine. She's several years older than I am and doesn't speak English (needless to say I don't speak Russian), but our grandchildren play together and we (somehow) communicated, even before our daughters got to know each other and started arranging play dates for the kids. (Her daughter speaks good English and was a doctor their home country.) I have a lot of admiration for these people and can't imagine how hard it is for her...she's usually very upbeat, and I can see she's trying to maintain...I find her very courageous.
Recently I expressed my sorrow for the conditions in her country...and who did it leave in tears...you guessed it...me.
Courageous is a good word to describe anyone that lived under communism and now knows exactly what freedom is all about. What saddens me is for them to finally get free of that and then subjugated into what the USA and EU replaced it with... another form of slavery.
People in America have no concept of what a great ambassador we Americans living abroad have to be for America. They have no good opinion of the US government. We set the standard that America is viewed by, some good, some bad.
I learned many years ago that to get a PhD in Ukraine or Russia they have to take 3 to 4 times as much math as scientists in the USA, and ace that too, to get the PhD. I learned first hand how truly intelligent and gifted, skilled they are and do not make much at all. My company is respected because we do not treat any nation as a low wage labor pool and that is the USA / EU agenda, self-enrichment through policies.
I have been to Ukraine many times, over the past 4 years have spent close to 4 months there on business. Most of them have endured incredible hardships but with dignity. Same for the Russians, and everyone I have met in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary.
The Russian I dated was a beautiful classy woman. The Czech that will soon be my wife is the most incredible woman I have ever met.
One day I was sitting in a top restaurant on Deribasovskaya in Odessa Ukraine named Steak House and was very cold and raining outside. A man was out there in nothing but a shirt, blue jean jacket and blue jeans, temperature was around 10 F. He had no legs from the knees down, the jeans were folded to act as pads under his knees. After about 2 hours, snowing, cold, wind blowing no one had given him even the smallest coin. I stopped the meeting and went outside, gave him 1,000 UAH in their currency and asked him to go home and stay warm.
Several days passed, the weather improved and he was back. I bought him lunch and we talked some until our lead scientist arrived and could handle translation. He had never had a job other than carrying out garbage at times for certain restaurants, stores, etc. He was born that way, I had thought maybe it was injury of some sort.
Every time my daughter and I saw him we helped, and finally asked him one day if he would like to have a real job. He asked me who would respect a man with no legs? I told him simple cure for that, anyone not obeying the instructions handed or delivered to them by him (Yuri) remind them that he was hired by the managing director of the company, not the local plant manager. They would get to meet me the next time I was in Ukraine and it would be their last day employed or they would not have an ass left.
He agreed to take the job. Got him a special cart that could be driven just with hands.
I helped him because in watching him I could tell that his heart was good as gold, was born into a life no one would wish on anyone.
I wish I had more just like him, honest, hard working, pays attention, and is really blossoming as the man he always was inside.
One of the things the USA and EU never mention or offer to pick up the tab on is Russia has continued to pay the pensions since 1991. Russia has been there for Ukraine more than EU or USA have ever done for them.
Your new friend from Ukraine can verify that. The industry collapsed when USSR did, but Russia has stood by Ukraine. They need to get rid of the mafia there, lots of potential in that nation being squandered by corrupt government, lax law enforcement and looking the other way on the mafia corruption.