Editor’s Note: As the 26th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence as a nation approaches on Aug. 24, the Kyiv Post is asking Ukrainians who live abroad to comment on their lives and their reflections on their homeland. To participate, Ukrainians living abroad should send a photo and answers to the following questions to Kyiv Post chief editor Brian Bonner at email@example.com
Kyiv Post: Where are you from in Ukraine? Olga Gassan-zade: Kyiv.
KP: When did you leave; why did you leave?
OG: First time in 1998, to study in the US.