Borsch, a hearty soup made of beets and meat stock, is a national dish of Ukraine (archive)© RIA Novosti. A. Usanov
MOSCOW, June 26 (RIA Novosti) - A Ukrainian man was shocked, to say the least, when he found out that a longtime friend and neighbor was so displeased by his homemade borscht that she poured her portion into the toilet.
Borscht, a hearty soup made of beets and meat stock, is a national dish of Ukraine and, apparently, an inviolable source of personal pride.
According to the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, the man had invited his neighbor over to his home in Crimea, on the Black Sea, to enjoy the borscht that he had made from scratch, but she was displeased.
She “harshly criticized” the soup, the article said, then she poured it into the toilet. The host was reportedly so offended that he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the stomach.
According to investigators, the man was drunk at the time. When he realized that his friend could die, he frantically called paramedics.
“I begged her not to die because otherwise they would throw me in jail,” the man later told police.
The woman succumbed to her injuries in the ambulance.
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