but these were ignored with Poles claiming that "all Ukrainians were Bolsheviks or something close to it".
Probably inspired by this fact:
Ukrainian peasants made up the vast majority of the so-called Red Army that was led by the Bolshevik commander Antonov Ovseenko and launched against Kiev in late 1918 by the Bolshevik government.
Uniates have never made majority in Ukraine. Why do you make stuff up?
Not in Ukraine, but in Poland (during Interbellum). You failed to understand me.
Read more of Ukrainian history and you will realize that the main national spirit of Ukraine was upheld by Orthodox believers, not Catholics. Ukrainians who fought Poles and Russians in 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were overwhelmingly Orthodox.
I wasn't talking about Polish-Lithunian Commonwealth period.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which in seventeenth century had helped sustain Ukraine's identity during its confrontation with the Poles, had become by the eighteen century a vehicle of Russification.
At the time of the first partition of Poland in 1772, there were some 4.7 million Uniates in the Polish-Lithuanian state
As of 2008, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is estimated to have 4,284,082 faithful
Looks strange, doesn't it? After 230 years?
What about forceful conversion to Russian Orthodoxy? That must have had an effect on the number of Uniats.
In 1794, immediately following the second partition that gave Russia its largest share of Commonwealth territory, the empress began an aggressive crusade to convert the Uniates of the newly annexed territories to Russian Orthodoxy. Upon her death in late 1796, fully half of the Uniate population in the Russian Empire - 1.5 million (primarily in the Right Bank Ukraine) - had officially converted to Orthodoxy, largely through methods of force.Source: Polish encounters, Russian identity, David L. Ransel, 2005
In the 1770s , over 1,200 Uniate Churches were given to the Orthodox in Kiev region, and after 1793-1795, when the Russian Empire acquired the right bank of Volhynia, and Podolia during the second and third partitions of Poland, 2,300 Uniate churches were forced to become Orthodox.
Source:A history of Ukraine, Paul Robert Magocsi, 1996
However, Ukrainian Uniate church was able to survive in Austrian Galicia.