Welcome to the U.S. Future—It Looks a Lot Like the Ukrainian Past

Trump’s Shakedown Makes Washington Just Another Racket

Police officers stand guard during an anti-corruption rally in front of Ukraine’s parliament in Kiev, October 2016 Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters

The impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump has pulled my homeland, Ukraine, into the spotlight, and more Americans are talking about it than ever before. Yet few see it clearly. Some still call it—wrongly—“the Ukraine,” and few seem willing to spell the name of our capital the way that we do, which is “Kyiv.” Others foster grave misconceptions regarding Ukraine’s multicentury struggle against Russian colonial rule or about its continuing war against a Russian invasion.

Many Americans point out to me that the scandal involving Trump’s misconduct in a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will never really be about Ukraine: it is all about the integrity of democracy in the United States. 

I disagree. This scandal is all about Ukraine, but not in the way most Americans expect.

Since the Trump-Zelenskyy call went public, many Americans have come to use the word “Ukraine”

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