You know, when Soviet Union stopped its existance, there was a big problem for some people: imagine - you live in the biggest country in the world, you are a patriot, you think that you are very lucky to be a citizen of this country, and OOPS! there is no such a country at all! And now - where is your motherland?
It was not a problem for me at all. Frankly speaking, I didn't feel all this great country as my motherland - it was too big for me. Not because I was a great patriot of independent Ukraine at that time - I just didn't think about it. But I was born in Kyiv and live here all the time. And Kyiv is my motherland. And I love my city and its soul - kind, loving, and proud. And I hope it loves me too :-)