Remember guys and gals, borsch by any name (borsch is the official US transliteration for the Ukrainian word which I need the Cyrillic alphabet to spell), anyway, borsch has escaped the borders. It's anything from a very simple beet soup to a gourmet presentation. It must contain beet roots or the juice there of or kavass or puree from said vegetable. Remember beet roots.
My well traveled Russian Literature Professor (father from Russian and mother from Ukraine, fluent Russian, traveled there many times literally from one end to the other, PhD, etc.) adds corn to his sometimes. He says that in Moscow they like to put hot dogs in it. It is good with hot dogs included.
I like the recipe I have from Lviv - authentic from a dear grandmother there - vegetarian all the way with lima beans and of course beets. Most excellent and if a grandmother born, raised, and living in Lviv calls her recipe borsch then borsch it is! Smile, it's really only a beet based vegetable soup with or without meat stock or meat. Humble beet soup which threatens to send the armies marching armed with sharpened wooden spoons!
It isn't what it was in the old days when beet roots were finally cultivated from a skinny root to what they are today. In ancient days only the greens were used. Today the greens are hardly used. Enjoy, just make sure there are beet roots.