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You're reading: Vox Populi with Olena Goncharova: Why do you think Ukraine is near the bottom of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s list of countries where it’s better to be born?

Halyna Terehina,
programmer

“I feel shame for our politicians but I appreciate my life here in Ukraine. Once I had a chance to move to the US, but I turned it down.”

Fedir Stepura,
pensioner

“We didn’t choose where to be born. I’m proud to be Ukrainian and I want my grandchildren to live here. Of course we need to fight for better lives. I think those countries in the top of that list just do more for their citizens. But the economy is not the key point in leading a wealthy life.” 

Lyudmyla Chernova,
psychologist

“It’s a wrong opinion. We are lucky to be born in Ukraine. We’re in the center of Europe where Asian and European genes mixed together – so our women are the prettiest in the world. Ukrainians are very generous and intelligent. We can unite in case of danger and fight to the end. Ukrainians are a very gifted people.”

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