As Ukraine prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary of independence, do you see threats to nationhood?
“Formally and legally, we are independent. But independence is when we build a state together, rather than look for helpers. On the level of our mentality, we are still dependent on fraternal peoples (including Russia).”
“Yes, we are independent. We have obtained what we wanted – namely, democracy. We have many freedoms: the right to choose, for example. But we don’t always make the right choices. I think if we still have ourindependence, in spite of all our loans and debts, we will not lose it. The main thing is not to imitate anyone. Also, we should remember our traditions and origin.”
“Yes, Ukraine is truly independent and I hope it won’t lose it again. The first time I came here about 15 years ago, I saw sad people dressed in black. Now Kyiv is like Chicago or New York. People dress in bright clothes. They can express themselves. Most of all, I am proud of the people. They are wonderful here.”
“What independence are we talking about? Of course, we depend on everything and everyone from childhood for air, water, money and work. Independence is only a word in official documents.”
“We are not independent at all. I am not satisfied with the progress of our nation because the only thing that we have attained is abuse of power, corruption and bribes. The rich people are becoming richer. The poor people are becoming poorer.”