June 26, 2017

Senior Moments: My Take on Embattled Ukraine

Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

The magnificent Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

I’ve been getting one e-mail after another: “John, what you think about Ukraine?  What’s it all about?  How do you feel about it?”  Why those emails?  Because many of you know that I served my Peace Corps hitch–the full 27 months–in Ukraine.  And that was barely four years ago.

I never dreamed this awesome historic event would happen.  That I’d see the Ukrainian protestors —revolutionaries, in fact–storm into Kiev and topple the government.  See their hated president abandon his office and take off to Russia to save his life.  See the revolutionaries take over their parliament, the Rada.  And set the country on a new and so-longed-for course—toward affiliation with the West and the European Union.

Read the full article on John LaPlante’s blog

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