Atlantic Council: Why Ukraine’s Gutsy, Bright, and Articulate Reformers Are Optimistic
“It has not been as fast as we hoped because we have to be realistic,” said reform parliamentarian Hanna Hopko. “The monopoly of power belongs to the old group”
Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity is now in its next phase and there’s much more work to be done. Fortunately, the reform movement has wind at its back in the form of unprecedented international support, a robust Ukrainian identity, and a relatively free and unfettered media. But the task is arduous and tedious.
But gains have been made.
In a recent interview, veteran investigative journalist now parliamentarian Sergii Leshchenko ranked the progress. “On a scale of one to ten, Ukraine’s progress is about 6.5. I would rate President [Petro] Poroshenko’s efforts at 6.5, too.”
Leshchenko and twenty-six reformers, out of the Rada’s 455 members, have banded together loosely as “Euro-optimists.” These gutsy, bright, and articulate reformers are at the center of this post-revolutionary period. In interviews, they discussed the enormity of the task, their frustrations, and their abiding optimism.
“What makes me optimistic [in the long term] is the intolerance of corruption in Ukraine now,” said Leshchenko. “Society is ahead of the politicians.”
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