Ukraine is no longer the country that it was in 2014. It has acquired the sense of national purpose that eluded it for most of its history.
James Sherr, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme
Although the so-called ‘Revolution of Dignity’ – which toppled President Viktor Yanukovych and confirmed a foreign policy tilt towards Europe – has not fulfilled its promise of political and economic renewal, Ukrainians have treated the war with Russia not as a referendum on their political leaders but as an attack on the homeland.
In this sense Ukraine today differs from the France of 1940, where state weakness led to national collapse. The qualities that have enabled Ukrainians to circumvent and resist a corrupt state have also mobilized the country against an external enemy.