My Ukraine

My Ukraine: A Personal Reflection on a Nation's Independence and the Nightmare Vladimir Putin Has Visited Upon It

Chrystia Freeland
Copyright Date: 2015
Pages: 19
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    My Ukraine
    Book Description:

    Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, former Soviet republic Ukraine has struggled against its "giant neighbor to the north"-Russia- to maintain its sovereignty. In early 2014 tensions turned to conflict as Vladimir Putin, determined to keep Ukraine from forging stronger ties with the West, seized Crimea and fomented conflict in eastern Ukraine. In the latest Brookings essay, Chrystia Freeland, a former Ukrainian-based reporter with strong family ties to the country, offers a personal reflection on the conflict and the sentiment of the Ukrainian people. She highlights the fact that despite historic, cultural, and linguistic ties between the two countries, Ukrainians stand defiant in their desire for independence.

    eISBN: 978-0-8157-2757-6
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-6)
  2. My Ukraine A Personal Reflection on a Nation’s Dream of Independence and the Nightmare Vladimir Putin Has Visited Upon It
    (pp. 7-26)

    ON MARCH 24 LAST YEAR, while preparing school lunches for my kids in my Toronto kitchen, I learned through my Twitter feed that I had been put on the Kremlin’s list of Westerners who were banned from Russia. This was part of Russia’s retaliation for the sanctions the United States and its allies had slapped on Vladimir Putin’s associates after his military intervention in Ukraine.

    Four days earlier, nine people from the U.S. had been similarly blacklisted, including John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives; Harry Reid, then the majority leader of the Senate; and three other senators:...