Many thanks to Ukrainian DeviantArt user Queetka, who took the photo that the last panel was reffed from.
Also, you're just going to have to take my word for it that Yana ran off and told Slava all about Bohdan's forces and is chilling somewhere NOT eating oysters.
Also, meet Sarah Matapang!
(And for the record, the US really did hold military exercises right on the border of Russia, in the former USSR -- in Estonia, in fact -- flying terrifying fighter planes around and stuff. Put yourself in the Russian's shoes for a moment, and you can see that...yeah. The Cold War hadn't ended in people's minds. Maybe it still hasn't, totally.)
I didn't know they had any joint exercises before Estonia joined the NATO in 2004. Only BALTOPS comes to mind but it's only for the navy and multinational. But in any case, I can believe it happened. The public opinion in some of the SSR's wasn't exactly pro-Moscow in those days - and still isn't.
I love those balconies with decorative iron railing. They're charming :)
I haven't read "The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev" in *forever* so I might be remembering the dates wrong. Thanks for the heads-up! (Yeah, I was lucky enough to get to talk to a Russian academic who was old enough to remember those days, about some of the anti-Russian sentiment in the early 90s. Not on Bohdan's level, but still.)
Now allow me to wave my big Get-Out-of-Jail card with "Alternate History!" and "I meant to do that!" written on it. :P
Aren't they? Kiyv has some really lovely buildings.