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You're reading: My Independence Day story: Personal input into Ukraine’s sovereignty

Like my peers, I was naturally interested in “more important” issues, such as testing a new fishing rod on a nearby lake and trying out my new bicycle.

Yet, even I noticed that the scale of changes taking place in Ukraine in 1989-1991 was grand. It was difficult for me to assess the real historical importance of those events, but I had no doubt that I was witnessing history in the making.

The first breakthrough in those new times for me was “Chervona Ruta,” the first Ukrainian music festival, which took off with numerous great Ukrainian singers who then were much more popular than many current Ukrainian pop stars.

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