Ukraine through the eyes of Ukrainians and foreigners: Top 7 Quotes

Source : 112 Ukraine

112 International gathered some of the remarkable phrases about the country, which today marks its 26th anniversary
08:45, 24 August 2017

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Being a Ukrainian means constantly fighting for your right to exist.

Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian writer and political figure


Some people think Ukraine is something fancy and out-of-date. Ukraine is superb! Ukraine is exclusive and outstanding. It survived every single blow landed by the history itself. It endured every possible test known to the humankind. It went through the toughest hardening there is. In the modern world, it is simply priceless.

Lina Kostenko, Ukrainian poetess


Ukraine is showing Belarus an example of how one should fight for freedom. I am sure that our countries have a common future in Europe, where neither Ukrainians nor Belarusians will die.

Vladimir Neklyaev, Belarusian opposition leader


The key point to bear in mind is that Russia cannot be in Europe without Ukraine also being in Europe, whereas Ukraine can be in Europe without Russia being in Europe.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, U.S. diplomat and political scientist


The Western media tends to place a lot of emphasis on official institutions in Ukraine such as its supreme court, the central election commission, and the parliament. In reality, the people of Ukraine now control their destiny.

Bob Schaffer, U.S. politician, member of Congress’s delegation to Ukraine


Those who really value Ukrainian sovereignty should opt for real independence and positive neutrality: neither a plaything of the West nor Moscow.

Tariq Ali, Pakistani historian


I don't really know what 'American' is. I know what Ukrainian is. We're happy Slavic people. We're not Dostoyevsky Slavic people. There's this sense of 'pick it up, get your hands dirty, make the best of it, celebrate.'

Nina Arianda, U.S. actress

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