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You're reading: My Independence Day story: Revealing Ukraine to others

I don’t know why, as a 12-year-old, I felt all the gravity of events and decided to meticulously write down everything that was happening that day. For a teenager, the developments and characters were weird enough.

But one thing remained clear. Great changes lie ahead and I will be part of them. This evoked pride and interest. So what will happen next?

Time passed and my childhood diaries are gone. The August page, however, is still a vivid memory. I only partly recall how Ukraine was born and grew up after Aug. 24. I fell in love, entered a teacher training university, studied.

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