You are welcome, BB.
As you have mentioned: catholicism vs Orthodox, serfdom vs freedom, order vs raids, simply Cossacks way of life vs Polish (the republics) way of life. Theese things created plenty of revolts.
I don't see these issues as unsurmountable. There was no reason for the people not to practice their religion, although at that time religious confrontations was a spirit of the time throughout Europe. Raids implemented by the Cossacks, of course, were more negative than positive, but at where the Cossacks were located the trade was non-existant, therefore, no much chance of earning some money; frequent kidnapping of the locals by Tatars to sell them on the slave markets in the Crimea lead to the mutual attacks/raids; the magnates lived out from the lands given out by the king and the serfs working for them - the Cossacks gained their livelihood from the raids or working as the mercenaries (as far as in France). Nevertheless, the order within the Cossack Sich was high and there were unbreakable rules - the Code, general vote on important issues of all the ranks of the Cossacks, discipline etc., which wouldn't pose such a difference to the Commonwealth's way of life. As to serfdom: the serfs, of course, suffered, but they did so everywhere. When serfdom was doubled by the religious intolerance and possibility to join the ranks of the Cossacks, then the situation started to go out of hand. All of it is just hypothetical and from my viewpoint, 400 years later...
That is some kind of nonsense! all those banners were from the Land Of Polish Crown.
These lands became part of the Crown after 1349. Before that on these territories was the Ruthenian Galicia-Volynian kingdom. The people from these regions were mostly the Ruthenians and therefore, the banners I mentioned were made of them.
My great great-grandfather born in 1881 could as a matter of course speak the local lingo on the top of Polish, German, French and Latin.
So, what happened to you? Or the nature rests on the grand-grand-sons?
Anyway such combination was almost impossible because it meant money to pay those Cossack and they were not that reliable and there were hardly possibility of retribution if they would desert and hide in their lairs on the River Dniester.
The river were the Cossacks were located was the Dnieper, not the Dniester. And, please, show some quotes to your claims.
That was the real crux of the matter there - why the Crown should pay money to unreliable element even if good military when they could use that money to increase more reliable regular troops of the Crown.
That's exactly what the Crown did and was eventually eaten for breakfast. Whenever the Crown needed help, it called for the Cossacks, but when everything was fine, it tried to screw them. You can't have both for long. I don't defend every actions the Cossacks did, but I can see the possibility of some understanding between the two.
It is simplified of course but there lay the problem - trust and accountability.
Facts on both, please?
Are you kidding me? what Ukrainians?Even if we take at it face value that silly claim that somehow Ruthnians equal Ukrainian in those times fighting had been preformed by the knights and knights in Poland evolved seamlessly into nobles and nobles equals Poles. So the answer is no!
Here is some info on the general state of the Ruthenian kingdom around 1250s:
Under Danylo's reign, Galicia–Volhynia was one of the most powerful states in east central Europe. Literature flourished, producing the Galician–Volhynian Chronicle. Demographic growth was enhanced by immigration from the west and the south, including Germans and Armenians. Commerce developed due to trade routes linking the Black Sea with Poland, Germany and the Baltic basin. Major cities, which served as important economic and cultural centers, included Lvov (where the royal seat would later be moved by Danylo's son), Vladimir-in-Volhynia, Galich, Kholm (Danylo's capital), Peremyshl, Drohiczyn and Terebovlya. Galicia–Volhynia was important enough that in 1252 Danylo was able to marry his son Roman to the heiress of the Austrian Duchy in the vain hope of securing it for his family. Another son, Shvarn, married a daughter of Mindaugas, Lithuania's first king, and briefly ruled that land from 1267–1269. At the peak of its expansion, the Galician–Volhynian state contained not only south-western Rus' lands, including Red Rus' and Black Rus', but also briefly controlled the Brodnici on the Black Sea.
It definitely shows that it wasn't some black hole in the middle of nowhere in 13th century. So, where disappeared its nobility in the 14-15th?