The Globalist: Kyiv's next image problem
Oct. 22, 2010, 7:52 a.m. |
Activists take part in a rally, marking the 68th anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which fought both Nazi and Soviet forces in World War Two, and the feast of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, in Kyiv, October 14. (Photos by Yaroslav Debelyi, Olexiy Boyko)
Andreas Umland writes:
Today, the prospect of Ukraine’s rapprochement with, and future entry into, the EU constitutes perhaps the most important political idea in this divided country. It is a goal that still unites almost the entire Ukrainian elite, and it is one of the few political topics on which large portions of Ukraine’s population basically agree. Moreover, the course and results of the 2004 Orange Revolution have created an image of Ukraine that sets this post-Soviet republic apart from other successor states of the USSR. It was an event signaling Ukrainians’ willingness to permanently break with their authoritarian past. Read the story here.