Economically, Ukraine avoided the sharp downturns that bedeviled many European and other nations.

The hryvnia held its own as Ukraine’s leaders patched together finances without fresh International Monetary Fund credit, which was suspended in 2011. And Ukraine is establishing itself as a global agricultural powerhouse.

Politically, the nation’s voters showed that democracy is still alive. They decisively brought two new, energetic political forces into parliament: Vitali Klitschko’s Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms and Oleh Tiahnybok’s Svoboda Party.

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