Nation of survivals
Ukrainians are an old nation. Check out Ukraine history page to find out how the nation evolved and what obstacles were faced along the way to independence.
Being separated for centuries without an independent state Ukraine people learned how to survive. They lived through plagues, Mongol invasion, dozen foreign rules, attemps of national assimilation, numerous wars and military conflicts, including two greatest world’s wars, henocide, destructive Soviet rule and finally got independence.
Very high price was paid. And even now when most difficulties pass a lot of people still live with scars in their memories. Grandparents usually tell stories about their though childhood.
World War II and later Soviet rule left a significant footprint on almost every Ukraine’s family. Thousands of people where sent to Siberia, were persecuted or found another faith. For example, my family was deported from modern day Poland into completely new area in Western Ukraine to start the life from scratch. Thus blood of every Ukrainian are full of survival cells and people of Ukraine will manage in every life situation.
I’d say it’s hard to define typical lifestyle for every Ukrainian. There is huge gap between urban and rural ways of living. Modern rich business people (oligharchs) have a sky top lifestyle as opposed to average Ukrainian lauborer. But let’s figure out how Ukrainians live.
A lot of people still grow their own food in a back garden for survival needs. Cows, chicken and other home animals are typical in Ukrainian villages. If you travel in villages you’ll notice mostly grannies who are waving you from the garden or inviting you to have a fresh warm milk. Yammmy…
Life in cities is completely different. Bustling urban centers are full of life, smily youth and energetic entrepreneurs. It’s hard to believe that only 5-10 km outside towns car are substituted with horse carriages and busy traffic streets change with dirt roads. Wi-fi signal can be cough on every corner, boutiques are full of overprices fur coats and hundreds expensive cars stay in traffic.