Ukrainians Take Control
Byline: The Register-Guard
Russians during the Soviet period referred to Ukrainians as their "younger brothers" - a fond phrase that masked a far-reaching and sometimes brutal policy of imposing the Russian language, culture and politics on Ukraine. On Sunday Ukrainian voters stepped out of Russia's shadow, electing a president who promises to turn the nation toward Europe. Many difficulties lie ahead, but one of the most important former Soviet republics has taken a stride toward finishing the work that was begun in 1989.
Such a step would not have been possible if a limited degree of democracy and independence had not already been achieved. When Ukrainians voted on …
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Publication information: Article title: Ukrainians Take Control. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Register Guard (Eugene, OR). Publication date: December 28, 2004. Page number: A10. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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