It's a sad truth but many Ukrainian men suffer from excessive consumption of alcohol, and with it comes a lot of sadness, abuse, and violence for their spouses.
The biggest difference between the Ukrainians and the Russians is that for most of Ukrainian history the cities were small, the country was rural, and the people were largely farmers.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union the competition between Russians and Ukrainians has really heated up, because the newly independent Ukrainians have to come up with ways to differentiate themselves from the Russians.
The competition between the Ukraine and Russian even carries over to the international dating industry.
Another reason you may have an easy time winning over your Ukraine babes family is that the economy of the independent Ukraine has been shaky from the start and often a girl's family will be enthusiastic about her dating a "rich" foreigner and you should be very careful about making any promises about money to her mom or siblings.
Even more important is that so many Ukrainian women have married American and European men in the last twenty years that serious foreign men have a great reputation in the Ukraine.