The May 6 editorial “Erasing Ukraine” hit the nail on the head. The root of the problem lies in history. Kyivan Rus, the 9th-to-12th-century state, with its capital in Kyiv, included much of the territory of present-day Ukraine and parts of Belarus and Russia. At that time, there was no Moscow, until a Kyivan prince founded it in 1147 and gave rise to Muscovy. Ancestors of present-day Ukrainians brought Christianity, literacy, literature and philosophy to neighboring Muscovy and for many years provided it with bishops and teachers.