Bangladesh, Nov. 14 -- Ukraine is playing a starring role in the historic U.S. impeachment hearings - and Ukrainians themselves wish the whole thing would just go away.

The lively, if troubled, young democracy seems destined to be tangled up in other people's problems. With four EU countries on one side and Russia on the other, this Texas-sized nation has been trapped in a tug-of-war between the Kremlin and the U.S.-led West ever since the 1991 Soviet collapse set it free.

As Wednesday's impeachment hearing in Washington made clear, President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had consequences for Ukraine's unequal, fraught relationship with Russia, too.

Russia sees Ukraine as its geopolitical backyard...