We are similar in some sences only because of long term occupation and due to our geographical location.
Also due to cimes of russia agaisnt Ukraine such like genocides, ethnocide and lingoucide.
fr example there are few millions of ethnic russians in Ukraine. Do you know majority of them were aftificaly moved to Ukraine by ussr goverment, specially after kremlin criminals killed millions of Ukrainians in 1932-1933 starving them to death.
And now such like u dare to say shit about our similarity?
Ukrainians never called themselves 'russians", they used ethnonim "rusyns". Its look same only for foreigners or just for dummies.
After moscovia occupied Ukraine in 18th century rusyns or cossaks gradually started to call themselves with their second native, alternative ethnonim - 'ukrainians". It was not official then. But step by step it came in life. Why it happend? Cuz rusyns didnt want to lost themselves, their identity, they knew perfect who they are and who are moscovites - aliens, enemies, absolutely different people in all possible sences without any exaggerationalien - culture, language, traditions, mindset etc.
Btw you may find a lot of free info in google where europians of those times - different travellers, scientists etc wrote about their impressions of Ukraine or Cozzachyna or Hetmanate and moscovia or tartaria. They noted big difference between them. It is not ukr propaganda - it is historical facts. Go on find it.
And also "russians" whole world know nowadays are impostors, their real true name are moscovites.
you think you know enough to say thinsg you say here? No, you know alsmot nothin real about Ukraine and moscovia.