As 2016 is a particularly significant year for Ukraine, marking the 25th anniversary of the re-establishment of the country’s independence, The Ukrainian Weekly approached several community leaders in the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as the Ukrainian World Congress and asked them to share their thoughts on Ukraine. Following are their responses.
Stefan Romaniw, president of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations:
Having landed again in Kyiv last week, I find it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the 25 years of Ukraine’s independence. Driving from the airport into Kyiv, observing the beauty of the country, the gold-domed churches, the cranes in the sky, observing the reverence around Evropeyska Ploshcha and Institutytska Street, reflecting on the battles on the Maidan and the tent city on the Khreshchatyk convinces one to say: What a resilient nation we are and how committed are the people of Ukraine!