„Mom, when Putin is gone, then the war will end and you’ll be home with me?“
The children of Ukraine know a lot about the war in eastern Ukraine, and understand what their parents are fighting for. The „peaceful” resolution of the situation in the east has cost Ukraine more than 7,000 lives. Among those, more than 70 children. Over 22,000 wounded. Over 1.4 million displaced persons, who are now adding their own efforts to nation-building.
More than 1,000 years ago on the banks of the Dnipro River, Knyaz Volodymyr the Great chose to baptize Kyivan Rus…This was a civilizational-political choice of a wise head of state.
Neither Catherine the Second, who destroyed the Cossacks, nor Joseph Stalin, who organized the famine – Holodomor – taking the lives of over 7 million people in the 1930s, could extinguish the flame of Ukrainian culture and identity.
The fate of the world in the 21st century will not be decided by oil. For this reason, the United States, a key strategic partner, especially given its commitments in the Budapest Memorandum, has to understand the importance and high priority of countering Russian aggression to secure democracy in the post-Soviet region.
Hanna Hopko: With help, Ukraine will prevail in its fight for independence, liberty and dignity Ukraine has to become a successful model of victory for democratic values. Ukrainians of the 21st century sacrificed their lives for dignity, for freedom! The Ukrainian people are celebrating their Independence Day with faith in a peaceful future!
Hanna Hopko is a member of parliament who chairs the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. She participated in the EuroMaidan Revolution and is co-founder of the Reanimation Package of Reforms.