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You're reading: Ukrainian diaspora should love Ukraine, not politics

The Ukrainian diaspora in the United States and Canada has always positioned itself separately from other Ukrainians living abroad. In fact, the two million diaspora in Russia should have the same influence and opportunities as the diaspora in North America.

But the U.S. and Canadian diaspora tries to position itself as the collective moral authority of Ukrainians abroad.

Among the North American diaspora are a number of successful people of whom we are proud: Nadia Diuk, vice president of the National Endowment for Democracy; Adrian Karatnycky, a fellow at the Atlantic Council and former director of Freedom House; Chrystia Freeland, a former U.S. editor of the Financial Times and now a senior figure at Thomson Reuters; Natalie Jaresko, co-founder of the Horizon Capital investment bank. The list goes on.

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