Україна (Ukrayina) means different things to different people.
To some, it means країна (krayina), Ukrainian for country, region or land.
To others, it means окраина (okraina), Russian for outskirts, borderland or edge.
Naturally, to most Russians, Ukrayina means okraina, not krayina. Ironically, despite this marginalization, it also means a place — the place — from which they trace their statehood.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Konstantin Zatulin. He’s one of those Russians, and a member of Russia’s parliament at that. He’s a veteran crusader who can’t get enough of patronizing Ukraine now that Yanukovych lifted his persona non grata status.
Zatulin: A few years ago, on the program “Where Did Ukrainians Come From?” (it was on Ukraine’s Channel 1), they asked this question, to everyone: Who are Ukrainians? I said: Those are the Russians who live on the edge, and historically it’s precisely how it is. And I want to point out that, in fact...
Host: You see how the audience is responding.
Zatulin: I want to tell you that my relatives and I myself moved out of the Poltava Governorate, Ukraine, two hundred years ago. Living on the edge is a great historical...a great historical advantage. That’s why... And we, too, live on the edge, if you will: in the East, in the West. You don’t...you don’t have to react like that.
Host: Thank you! Please, please, please, ask your question, pani Hanna, pani Hanna, I'm asking you, please ask your question.
Herman: I want...I want to express...I want to express an official protest to the Russian Federation representative...
Zatulin: [exclaims in dismay]
Herman: ...saying that Ukrainians are the Russians who live on the edge. It is an insult to our people, pan Zatulin.
Host: Let's, let's, please, please, please, your question, please.
Herman: I want you to understand that.
Zatulin: I see...I see that, toward the end of our program, the sense of humor is beginning to fade. OK, let’s say those [Ukrainians] are the Old Russians who live on the edge.
Nice hit-and-run strategy! First, you tell us we’re fringe elements. Second, you sense trouble and soft-pedal. Third, you call it a joke. Hahaha!
Now here’s the real joke. If you call your country Rossiya and trace it to Kyivan Rus (quite a stretch), why in the world would you call Kyiv okraina?
Was Kyiv founded by Muscovy? Or maybe Christianity came to Kyiv via Muscovy?
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Original source: http://kanalukraina.tv