Well Kevin, I'm an Irish woman who has lived in Eastern Europe and had a relationship with a very nice Ukrainian man, although I haven't visited the country myself. I hope I'm not insulting any of our Eastern friends when I say that in some parts, there is a real macho culture where men get respect for their money and women and women get respect for how they can play men. It's changing fast, but the same economic conditions exist for many people in the Ukraine and it's very easy for a young person to internalise these values from previous generations. But people are people no matter where they are, and if she's already been 'mean' it's not a good sign. And at 24, she has lots of options.
But don't give up on relationships. I have a friend who's 47. He's just hooked up with a lovely 35 year old woman after. She's Irish and mad about him. I see marriage and a second family on the cards. BTW he was chronically single for 10 years before meeting her.