Ukraine was co-host of Euro 2012. None of the matches were likely to be as memorable as that played 70 years ago between teams from Ukraine, then under Nazi occupation, and a Germany military team.
June opened with a shadow war against two former Eastern Bloc hostage nations by the British media and the governments of some EU member states. It closed with proof that the countries could be and were good citizens of Europe.
By urging boycotts and focusing on alleged racism, the West is undermining civil society at a moment when it is needed most. That is the real lesson of the cultural events of the last two months.