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For those of you who came later, in 2004 there was a popular revolution in Ukraine. And while the orange-clad lift could not leave the country basking in a happily ever after future, it was a revolution that, contrary to the famous phrase, not feed their children.

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The map remains the same, with the imposing, monumental capital of Kiev in his heart, Odessa Crimea overwhelming and surprising in its southern coasts, as well as Central European cozy Lviv near the western hills. Several years after the track, the industrial, pro-Russian east has forgotten its threat to secede.

However, Ukraine is visiting today is not the country that existed previously. ‘Post-Orange Ukraine could be the political blues, as successive parliamentary deadlocks drag, but the press is freer, more open attitudes and improving its economy. The memories of the show of “Maydan” (Independence Square in Kiev) is fueling a civic awareness. There is no democracy in power rather than autocracy, fair elections and a tolerance of genuine public debate. Also, the unfulfilled promises of a weakened president has injected a sense of realism, but cynicism.

Ukraine, whose name means ‘borderland’, is slow and sometimes indecisive, moody. Although they are often rude and unhelpful bureaucracy that prevailed when it was part of the Soviet Union, but has now been tempered by the widespread aspirations to eventually join the EU. The younger generation, in the center of the Orange Revolution, are looking forward and enjoying new freedoms. Traditionalists, meanwhile, are concerned about the fleet too far from neighboring Russia’s orbit.

A nation of cuts, as contemporary scholars like to say, Ukraine is based on numerous historical influences, and as a nation that is mosaic for the unification of the symbols of the 21st century. The dominant culture is Slavic, but even Scythian gold accumulated in the history museum in Kiev Pechersk Lavra Kiev (Monastery of the Caves) and Byzantine mosaics line the capital’s cathedral of St. Sophia.
The golden domes of Russian Orthodox crowd shine and Ukrainian cathedrals out through one of the poorest countries in Europe. However, among the rocky outcrops of fascinating Crimea, you will also find the Turkish architecture, not to mention the cities ancient caves. Cossack thieves in the country are remembered in the Dnipro River Khortytsya of the island as well as in music and dance rituals.

Not all Ukrainians have an equal (duck) to kick all these traditions. The east of speaks Russian, center and south could have the pride in the history of the Cossacks, but the west of Ukraine of speaks of country lionises the native culture Hutsuls the Carpathians, while Tatars Crimea are making a comeback in its peninsula homeland.

So any success that after the Naranja of Ukraine get is a building of blocks towards a new national identity. By hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, abolishing most visas to welcome more foreign tourists, being chosen to host the European Football Championships in 2012 and even fishing for Games 2018 Winter Olympics, the country hopes once overlooked to display their growing skills to the world.

Meanwhile, they want to demonstrate to all Ukrainians, too.