The Pulse talk show: What divides Ukrainians as nation

Source : 112 Ukraine

The answers differ: politicians, language, religion and fear of modernization
10:30, 23 January 2019

‘Pulse’ talk show on Jan. 22, 2019
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The guests of ‘Pulse’ talk show discussed what was dividing Ukrainians nowadays on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“The presidential candidates make us divided,” the TV presenter Andriy Palchevsky noted.

“I agree that politicians add fuel to the fire when there was no need to disturb many wounds. The hot phase of the elections has not started yet, not all the dangerous topics showed themselves. They are still in a calm state, but could anytime start itching,” Oleksandra Reshmedilova, doctor of philosophy said.

Kyrylo Molchanov, political analyst noted that Ukrainians were divided by the issues of language, religion, history. The politicians are only exploiting this. And this division will only become stronger as the elections approach.

Yevhen Chervonenko, the Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine in 2005 said:

“We are divided by the elites and ability and inability to listen to others. Secondly, the politicians have been dividing this once united country, Ukrainian Republic, for 27 years as no one else has ever done.”

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Volodymyr Tsybulko, political analyst believes that Ukraine was torn the most by the fear of modernization. Ukrainians very reluctantly master new knowledge and in order to be competitive, you have to be modernized and technologized.

Pavlo Zhebrivsky, the head of Donetsk Military Civil Administration in 2015-2018 said that the Unity of Ukraine today was the real Ukrainian elite reuniting with its people. The real Ukrainian elite is only being formed right now. The absence of real Ukrainian elite when the higher-ups only make effort to gain more power is what divides Ukrainian people and it signifies the absence of unity.

As it was reported earlier, Pavlo Zhebrivsky considered the improvement of living standards one of the main things towards achieving peace. He also stressed the importance of anti-Putin coalition, including the Western partners. Zhebrivsky said that it was impossible to reach unity in Eastern Ukraine through a military, non-military operation.

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