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Vox Populi with Oksana Markina: As Ukraine prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary of independence, do you see threats to nationhood?

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June 16, 2011, 11:36 p.m. | Vox Populi — by Oksana Markina
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As Ukraine prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary of independence, do you see threats to nationhood?


Mary Adam­ska


Housewife


“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).”






Valeria Yevtu­shenko


Student


“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.”





Kenaeth Hunziker


Physician


“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.”





Yuliya Petrenko


Photo­grapher


“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.”





Anna Petrenko


actress


“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.”
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Anonymous June 17, 2011, 3:48 p.m.    

anna petrenko, finally someone who told the truth

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Anonymous June 19, 2011, 6:22 p.m.    

Mary Adamska ..what level mentality? Fraternal russian thinking,

god help you, you got what you deserve...russian president, russian premier minister, russian tv, russian music, russian

everthing, 99% russian mentality, the commies never left, I just

return from Kiev ( my 7 trip in 7 years) I will never go back to such misery, I feel so small,so ashame to have ukranian blood in my veins, I will never tell people again were I came from..it is

obvious you ( not me ) are born to russian slaves, putin was right, you are not a COUNTRY.......

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