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You're reading: Back to basics in Ukraine

News from and about Ukraine has become worse since 2010. It is not like in 1991, when Russia’s Boris Yeltsin, during his courageous stand for democracy against the hardliners in Moscow, made it easy for Ukraine to assert its independence.

Ukrainians then proceeded to dissipate it, despite the rousing and uplifting events of the Orange Revolution in 2004 – described as “irreversible” in academia. The reality is that the current generation is hampered by discord, disillusionment, and a historic regional corrosion of national identity.

Lackadaisically, in February 2010, mainly because of the bad economy, pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych, who is in tune with Ukraine’s recidivist southeast, was elected president. As everybody knew or should have known (political science specialists are excused), he was and is determined to marginalize Ukrainian content in the public sphere, as well as to ravage the country’s fragile democracy.

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