The Ukraine emerged into the headlines as the world gathered to participate in and watch the Olympic Games. Thus, the world had two international picture feeds coming from the old Soviet Union (USSR). Athletes competing with heart-warming stories of sacrifice and hardship, commitment and support. Citizens protesting with gut-wrenching stories of violence and mayhem, confusion and tragedy. The Ukraine connecting Eastern Europe with Russia, is an independent nation. It has both a history and a love-hate relationship with Russia, and has recently been courted by the countries of the European Union to take its place in a new Europe.