First, the good news. Ukraine turns 20 years old as an independent state on Aug. 24, and there is no reason to think there won’t be more milestones ahead.
The nation faces no serious external or credible internal threats to sovereignty, a centuries-old desire. Most of the 46 million citizens seem happy – or at least accepting of – the new boundaries. Few would go back to the Soviet Union, even if they could.
Clearly, most people are better off materially and at least have the basics – a place to live and enough money to eat decently. There are also very positive signs that the nation has the will to make even greater progress in the years ahead.