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You're reading: Life ain’t that bad, or is it?

They are the true optimists of our time. They have the luxury of taking the long view, and there, on the horizon, they can see what many of us can’t: a bright future for Ukraine.

Having talked to a few of the nation’s richest and most powerful list in the last few months, I was recently struck by the similarity of their visions. All of them, bar none, preach a prosperous, democratic future for the nation, with a strong voice in the world.

Victor Pinchuk, the pipe magnate, told me recently that if one reflects on the past 20 years, it’s pretty clear that the nation is moving in the right direction. We’re doing it at our own pace, but we’re treading the path other people took hundreds of years to walk. He’s right.

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