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During the last two days, many progressive Belarusian Facebook users have been actively discussing situation with Saakashvili and the fail of the Ukrainian state. This banter and the general attitude of many Belarusians to the Ukrainian events prove the obvious idea that Belarusians and Ukrainians are different peoples.
If we formulate these differences in a brief aphoristic form, I would say that Ukrainians love freedom, Belarusians love order. Many activists oppositional to Belarusian President Lukashenko also prefare a strong state - "a real Belarusian" strong state.
From the point of view of the majority of Belarusians, an unauthorized transfer of the state border is a symbol of buggers muddle. By the way, Belarusians, who accuse Ukraine of failing statehood, do not notice that the same buggers muddle occurred during the migrant crisis in Europe, when tens of thousands of people illegally crossed European borders.
This is impossible in Belarus. In Belarus, where protestors cross the street only to the green light, in many places, one cannot cross the state border on foot, and singing in underpasses is allowed only after approval by a special commission. I do not even doubt that Belarusian border guards will receive orders to stop the crowd - if necessary, they would shoot for the sake of fulfilling this order.
When Petro Poroshenko was elected president with an extremely high for democratic elections percentage, I told my colleagues that a year later Poroshenko’s rating would be 0%. And not because I could foresee any mistakes of Poroshenko. I think that for Ukrainians it is something normal - any popular democratic politician loses his rating in a year or two. Perhaps this follows from the specific attitude of the Ukrainians towards power.
One Ukrainian colleague told me: “You, Belarusians, love the power or at least respect it. But we neglect it. We love our country, but not our government.”
Ukrainians are highly emotional people. Belarusians, on the contrary, thou canst cut it but once, calculating all possible consequences. That is, they do not do what would be worth it, because the consequences are unexpected and unknown. Belarusians are generally considered to be more practical, rational.
If Ukrainian tactical speed and determination was complemented by strategic discretion of Belarusians, it would probably be an ideal combination. But in life it does not happen. So far, the two neighboring nations are different, like Germans and Italians. And from the top of their order, Belarusians often make fun of the Ukrainian "mess."