Christmas Day 1991. As the collapse of the Soviet Union starts to become inevitable, the administration of George H.W. Bush took the first step to launch a new democratic era in Ukraine. Until that day, the official policy had been to leave Ukraine under Moscow’s umbrella, but this all changed in one swift announcement. The United States was recognizing Ukraine’s independence!
Until now, the U.S. foreign policy has been characterized by tension. But given the anxiety about President Donald Trump and what his administration might do – pull out of NATO, start a war with Iran or North Korea – it was something to be grateful for.