Independent Generation

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Aug. 22, 2012, 9:55 p.m. | Ukraine — by Olena Goncharova

Kateryna Gladka (far left) participates in a vyshyvanka parade on Sofiivska Square in Kyiv in May.
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Olena Goncharova

Olena Goncharova has been a Kyiv Post staff writer since January 2012. She is a graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. To contact: email, Twitter @FlyToSun.

As young as their nation, Ukrainians born in 1991 are blazing a trail that differs radically from past generations who grew up under totalitarian rule.

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Byron Hill Aug. 23, 2012, 6:23 a.m.    

There are many valuable assets in UA. The young educated adults are the most valuable overlooked resource available. I look forward to the day when I can grow my business in a country rich with a motivated workforce. When Ukraine amputates the tumorous growth of corruption in it's capital, it will then be a comfortable climate for business,' such as mine, to employ the wonderful youth of Ukraine.

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Bill Green Aug. 23, 2012, 9:34 a.m.    

This new generation is caught between the past and the future. They are like most young people in every country; they have dreams. For them, the future is more sure than it was for their parents, but still, the past often haunts and frightens. Fear is often good for pioneers of life. For most, this single quality will help build and protect the future of Ukraine.

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Harry Yellando Aug. 23, 2012, 9:39 a.m.    

This generation will make or break Ukraine......first they must bury the past
once and for all........the past include Yanko and his Mafia....god bless the Ukraine youth.....

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elmer-елмер Aug. 23, 2012, 5:05 p.m.    

The comments about Oles Dovhyi are remarkably restrained. Chornovetsky's (The mayor "Space Cadet" - Kosmos) little butt boy was and is just a decrepit little prick.

The parents and grandparents of this young generation did not do their children any favors whatsoever.

In fact, they caused harm to themselves and to their children.

Now this generation has to dig its way out of a sewer caused by their parents.

Maybe it's time the parents kicked in and helped to put Ukraine right, to get rid of Yanustalin and his mafia Party of Regions, to get rid of a dysfunctional system of government, and finally implement and build a country that everyone - not just Ukrainians - can be proud of.

It isn't going to happen with yanusvoloch and his mafiosi Party of Regions.

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CarlitosFritos Aug. 23, 2012, 7:56 p.m.    

...1989-1993 amazing season... ...I want to be Ukrainian...

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Mykhayl Aug. 25, 2012, 4:38 p.m.    

"Free from the aftertaste of the Soviet Union..."


Ohlasit ikh slovem istini... Hospodi, pomiluy.

Why should the children have a better life when
the more things change the more they remains the same.

Such a trade off; KGB muscle for Mafia economic stronghold.
And the offspring of the Soviet Alumni is expected to
present a positive pro-Ukrainian pride?

While Deedo [grandfather] still wash dried blood from his hands and
Mamo has yet to learn to sit with her legs closed while her children
pretend they inquisitively learned rather than brainwashed trained?
Still Ukraine can't say "Thank you" and only hear the Diaspora say
"I have a bridge to sale"????????????????????????????????????

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