25 Years of Ukraine's Independence: the main conclusions

Author : Andriy Pyshnyi

Source : 112 Ukraine

We need to follow the example of Israel and to develop the army, and then recreate industry and IT using the army
14:18, 25 August 2016

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The man, who lived a certain period, is inclined to analyze his life distance. He needs to remember his experiences, praise himself for his achievements, to come to some conclusions, and to formulate plans for the future.

This scheme also works with the country.

What is the main mistake of Ukraine during the years of our independence? In my opinion, we are not serious about creation and development of modern armed forces.

And it is not only about the eternal truism, if you want to live peace, be prepared for a war. I do not even speak about aggression in Donbas and annexation of Crimea. These are the consequences.

The army and the military-industrial complex might become a locomotive, which would reveal Ukrainian economy.

Israel is a vivid example of this idea. The army, military-industrial complex, and strong engineering school created a platform for creation of the world’s most powerful IT industry. Israel’s engineering school, as the Ukrainian one, had the Soviet roots, which came with millions of immigrants that moved to the promised land.

We have everything necessary for it: science, pictures, and unique venture. Even the foreign policy situation is just pushing us to go this way, to turn the crisis into an opportunity.

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So my forecast of the future of Ukraine for the next 25 years is the development of the army, modern weapons, equipment, information technology, and creating Ukrainian School of Engineering. That is what will lead us to prosperity. We have no other way but to become a startup nation. And I am sure that then we mark the 50th anniversary of Ukrainian independence, we will top of the global development ratings.

What do we need for it?

First of all, we must study and use Israeli experience. Preferential tax and credit conditions for the development of innovations under the patronage of the state and creating a couple of venture capital funds, which would invest a dollar for each $1.5 of foreign investments. We should ensure the state order for IT specialists and develop an education system in general. Industry and technologies might make the country rich.

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Ukraine is a country with a large diaspora, and our compatriots who now live in the EU, North America, and Australia might be given Ukrainian passports as well. This would strengthen intellectual and demographic potential of the Ukrainian political nation, which in many features is similar to the Israeli people, dispersed all over the world. In fact, we are talking about the Ukrainian world that exists in the world, but Ukraine has not taken advantage of it.

During a quarter of a century, we managed to make two democratic revolutions, deter aggression of one of the strongest armies in the world. Twice we have won the Eurovision Song Contest, we have contemporary art, which is admired all over the world; why cannot we build a strong and modern state?

There is nothing is impossible for us.

Glory to Ukraine! 

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