The New Ukrainian Exceptionalism

It’s true. There is a little bit of this.

Ukraine struggles to survive as an independent nation against external and internal forces – Russia, the powerful neighbor next door, and Russian sympathizers throughout eastern Ukraine. “Russian-backed aggression, relentless propaganda and meddling in Ukraine’s domestic politics have pushed many Ukrainians to adopt a deeply polarized worldview, in which constructive criticism, dissenting views, and even observable facts are rejected out of hand if they are seen as harmful to Ukraine,” argue Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Mykhailo Minakov, associate professor/docent in philosophy and religious studies at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. The writers identify this as a new form of exceptionalism.

http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/new-ukrainian-exceptionalism