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I just got an email from my politically-active Ukrainian friend Irena yesterday.  She lives in Kiev.  I would sum up her sentiments as "guarded optimism."  Based on her description of the mood in Kiev I'd say the Ukrainians are very realistic in their expectations of Yushchenko.  I wouldn't read this as a big failure - just one small step in a very long journey.  You can't change 80 years of history in 8 months.  
by rast (deavod (at) hotmail (dot] com) on Tue Jul 12th, 2005 at 10:32:46 AM EST

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