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Ukraine after the Euromaidan

Challenges and Hopes


Viktor Stepanenko and Yaroslav Pylynskyi

Ukraine’s protest movement of 2013–14, known as the Euromaidan, and its culmination, the people’s uprising in late 2013–early 2014 became one of the most dramatic world events in recent years. The accession of Crimea to the Russian Federation and military conflict in the Donbas demonstrate that the dramatic dynamics of the country’s ongoing transformation are still far from predictable. This book examines the manifold aspects of Ukraine’s current crisis and its political upheaval. The contributors to the book, Ukrainian experts in a variety of disciplinary fields, explore social, political and cultural reasons and factors behind the country’s transformation in its national and regional dimensions, the impact of Ukraine’s revolution on European and global politics, and also the new challenges of tough reforms with which the country is faced. The contributors share the view that the Euromaidan brought new opportunities for Ukraine’s modern development and the greatest historical chance for the country’s European future since independence in 1991.
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The Problem of Bilingualism in Ukraine: The Historical and International Context


They make war against Ukraine not for the sake of protecting Russians, but for a different reason. Freedom is contagious. The people of Ukraine rebelled against the gang of thieves. The fraudsters in the Kremlin cannot sleep at night because they fear that this fire may be passed on to Russia. The criminals in the Kremlin must suppress freedom in Ukraine because it is a vivid example for the peoples of Russia. They must strangle democracy in their neighboring country to protect their stolen billions, to preserve their unlawful power, and their own heads and asses from the wrath of the people. They have nowhere to run.1

Viktor Suvorov

The problem of bilingualism in Ukraine used to be a subject of attention for linguists, educators and cultural workers and often resulted in never-ending discussions about the advantages for Ukrainians of mastering different languages, especially Russian, which is allegedly richer, more developed and used more widely in the world. Historians and political scientists addressed this issue less frequently, while economists virtually never did so. However, this problem, like most problems in any country, actually has an important economic component. Those who have denied the Ukrainian language’s right to existence have ultimately denied the right of Ukrainians to decide how they want to live, what to build, and what to grow on their land. In the late Soviet era, they even questioned the importance for Ukrainians of living in their homeland, promoting the well-known slogan “My...

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