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 Ukraine is my home. I have lived in Kyiv longer than I have any other city.  I expect to die here (though I plan to put it off for as long as possible) because, as that ultimate movie expat, Rick Blaine, said about Casablanca: “I’m going to die in Casablanca. It’s a good spot for it.”

I have a Ukrainian wife and three children here, as well as two children in America. I have seen the ups, the downs and the all-arounds of Ukraine. I have fought back as a business owner through regional and worldwide economic crises in 1998 and again a decade later. 

I have seen bad leaders, and I have seen even worse leaders. 

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