It is the standard procedure for both men and women at the beginning of correspondence to list a brief description of themselves either in an online catalog or on a website, and then write a personable, but rather general "letter of introduction" where they describe themselves, their character, hobbies and interests, their life in some detail, what they are looking for in a mate, etc. The men and women both address these letters to each person they are sending it to and they personalize them to a small degree, but they are general letters, in which both men and women are trying to give more information about them than is listed in the brief paragraph in their posting. The only objectives of introductory letters are to show potential interest in a person to whom this letter is addressed and tell more about oneself. Men send copies of their introductory letters to many Russian women, and women send copies of their introductory letters to many foreign men. Once both people have a better idea of who they are dealing with, then they can decide to begin personal correspondence. If you have your ad published in the Gentlemen's Catalog you will certainly get letters from Russian and Ukrainian women who liked you and decided to initiate correspondence with you. If you receive such "introductory letter" from a Ukrainian woman - it is her way of showing interest in you and this letter is sent to only to men a girl chooses in the catalog.