The key differences between Ukrainian and Russian brides
Editor: Krystyna, founder of Ukrainian Dating Blog & Ukrainian Dating Stories and speaker at the iDate conference. On this blog she shares her knowledge and experiences with international dating and intercultural relationship. Read more
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On first glance you may think that there are few differences between women from Russia and those from the Ukraine but you would be wrong. Although both countries are Slavic nations and have some similar heritage, there are a lot of differences between these two groups of women.
Some say that Ukrainian women are more sensual and make better homemakers and the Russian women are more straightforward and powerful. The Russian language is more direct than English so often that leads to this perception.
There certainly is no shortage of opinions on the subject but in this article we will put all of the differences out there to be analysed. We will discover the difference between Russian and Ukrainian women.
Before we start I would like to clarify one point. Many people have been asking me who I am. Am I Ukrainian or Russian? My answer is always, “I do not exactly know who I am”. And this is very true. Just no idea!
I was born in Ukraine (Kiev) but my family has always spoken Russian. So my native language is Russian but my homeland is Ukraine. In my birth certificate it is said that my parents are Russian and I am Russian but I have a Ukrainian passport. I have spent the biggest part of my life in Germany (altogether almost 17 years) and the UK (almost 4 years). In Kiev I spent 6 years only. I grew up in the Crimea which was a part of Ukraine at that time. At a present it is a part of Russia.
As you can see this is confusing. I believe this is more about how I feel. I feel both: Russian and Ukrainian. But I would say that I look more Russian based on the article below (physical differences) but my personality is more Ukrainian. Now let’s go!
Are there any differences between Russian and Ukrainian ladies?
Yes, there are. Believe me! Despite the fact that the Ukrainian and Russian women are considered closely related, their ethno-psychology is meaningfully different. Imagine we would compare Spanish and Portuguese people. At some point it does not make sense. There are some differences I would like to discuss today.
Difference in appearance
When it comes to natural beauty, there is a lot to be said for both Russian and Ukrainian women. Ukrainian women are thought of as raven-haired lovely girls with striking hazel eyes that will capture your soul.
While the Russian woman is thought of as classic blonde hair, blue eyed beauties that melt your heart. They are much like ice cream, all of them are delicious it just depends on what your preference is chocolate or vanilla.
Each of these countries though provides beautiful women of all hair and eye colours and it is the individual that makes the difference.
I would say that there are some physical differences between Russian and Ukrainian ladies due to the genetic mixing and historical background.
The beauty of a Russian woman tends more towards the northern, Finno-Baltic type. This particular type presents blond hair and light eyes (blue, gray, or green). Russian women have good and accurate proportions.
Ukrainian brides, on the contrary, are more like Southerner women (Greek, Bulgarian or Latina). Their facial features are larger and more expressive than those of Russians. Bright and darker contrasts predominate, namely: Ukrainian women have chestnut or black hair (there are almost no natural blondes), thick black eyebrows with light skin, and black, brown or deep green eyes.The beauty of a Russian woman can be compared to a crystal-cold winter or a shy early spring.
However, the beauty of the Ukrainian woman is unquestionably the heat of August. I do not want to say who is more beautiful. Each type is interesting and unique and this is only a matter of your taste. From my side, I would say that I like more Ukrainian type as I am Latina in my soul. One of my best friends is Brazilian – beijos! (I also started a beauty blog Belezon.com with my Latina friend Monica to share our fragrance passion with the whole Brazilian world!).
Ok, sorry, back to the topic —
Difference in personality
As said in my introduction, I feel more like a Ukrainian woman. Yes, there are also differences in personality. Russian women seem to be more reserved, flexible and patient. They forgive their partner and husband a lot and in some cases they really follow the proverb to “stopping the horse at a gallop and entering the burning hut“.
The Russian family culture is still very man-oriented (I would also say macho based). Russian women accept that they are the “second cast” in the family. Ukrainian ladies have a more disobedient, obstinate and freedom-loving personality. A Ukrainian woman is less inclined to forgive a man for his imperfection and bad habits and can show the direction to go or follow her.
My husband Daniel was shocked first by my energy, power and directness. German women are completely different and so it was a cultural shock for a poor guy. But Russian and Ukrainian women can give a lot to you if you would accept this unusual personality.
Differences in Language
Although both countries are Slavic they do not speak the same language. There of course are some similarities between the Russian language and Ukrainian but they are considered totally separate languages.
Many of the vocabulary words are the same in both countries and the grammatical structure is the same for both of these languages. However the syntax is very different in Ukrainian than in Russian. This is seen in the way that grammar is used in Ukrainian that would make no sense in Russian and vice versa. There is a nationalistic price in speaking Ukrainian as well.
Due to the fact the country was ruled for many years by the Russians all of the citizens understand and speak Russian well, whereas not many Russians could understand Ukrainian.
The use of Ukrainian is points of pride for its citizens and of course its women as well. In sound the Russian language is much harsher sounding than Ukrainian that has a much lighter and softer alphabet. It has a lot of similarities to polish in that way.
When it comes to culture there are some significant differences between Russian and Ukrainian women. In my opinion, Ukrainian women are much more open-minded and look to the west without a lot of suspicion.
Due to their history in the Cold War, Russians are naturally more suspect of the people in the west. When it comes to politics or philosophy the Russians are much more conservative and the Ukrainians are more liberal. Some would say that the Ukrainians have a culture that functions on individuality.
They are less likely to help a neighbour in need. Whereas Russians are much more community minded. If someone is in trouble then they are going to rally to their aid. This is the same for the women as well. Ukrainian women are much more liable to mind their own business, whereas the Russian gals are a little more territorial and aggressive.
Some Other Perceived Differences
There are some other perceived differences as well. The Russian ladies are viewed as a lot more outspoken but less independent and more reliant on their family unit for support, security and understanding.
The Ukrainian women are far more liberal minded, have their own opinions and are much more capable of operating with a lot more independence. The Russian women have built a reputation as being compulsive in their behaviour, which can be quite attractive because you are never really sure what is going to happen. The Ukrainian women are much more consistent and provide a more stable response.
Difference in keeping a marriage – divorce statistics
Sadly the divorce rates in the both countries are pretty high. E.g. in Russia in 2012, 1.213.598 marriage registrations were concluded and 644.101 of these marriages ended up in divorce – this made 53%. In Ukraine at the same year 169.797 of 278.356 marriages ended up in divorce. This figure made even 63% of divorce rate.
It is challenging and tough to keep love and romantic if you cannot pay your bills and offer something to your kids. The second biggest ground is a high alcohol consumption of the husband. Also cheating and sexual problems play a huge decision making role.
If we can compare the divorce statistics with developed countries we would see more family-friendly numbers , namely:
Back to the difference topic. There is a difference of 8% in the divorce statistics between Ukraine and Russia. This gap might confirm the more passionate temperament of Ukrainian brides and their more “matriarchal“, independent views. Russian women are willing to be more patient and be ready to sacrifice if needed.
The perception is that a Russian woman will be much more romantic and love will matter more than money. Ukrainian women have the reputation of being a little more realistic when it comes to material possessions.
They will be able to cook, keep a home and keep a family happy. The material things seem not to matter so much to a Russian woman because they are more interested in finding love.
It is commonly known in Eastern Europe that Ukrainian women are far more demanding in their relationships. They are much more independent in their thinking so they are looking to establish equality in their marriage that they think they deserve.
The conservative Russian woman is prone to be more compliant due to the culture and heritage of the country itself. They were brought up to be more obedient and humble in their relationships with men.
Guys, what do you think about the differences between Russian and Ukrainian ladies? Please share your experience below.
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