From Soviet Ukraine to the Orange Revolution: European Security Relations and the Ukrainian Identity

  • Natalie Mychajlyszyn


Ukraine has faced many dilemmas and experienced numerous struggles since achieving independence from the Soviet Union in August 1991. None, however, has been as profound and fundamental to its existence as establishing a post-Soviet identity. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and discrediting of the ideology that informed Ukraine’s political, economic, and international institutions for seventy years, the immediate task was set to locate a new source of inspiration that would satisfy the young state’s needs and interests for the foreseeable future.


European Union European Economic Community Security Institution European Security General Staff 


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© Oliver Schmidtke and Serhy Yekelchyk, eds. 2008

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