After 30 years of independence and many hurdles along the way, Ukraine is heading in the right direction; becoming a strong player in international entrepreneurship, tech startups and business. Despite slower-than-expected growth, and the challenges of reform, the nation’s people are optimistic and driven.
A younger generation taking part in government, a drastic mental and political shift away from the old Soviet mentality, and a booming IT sector—Ukraine’s is on the right track and its identity is coming into focus, thirty years after it declared independence from the USSR.
Though a separatist war with Russia in the country’s east still bangs on, economic growth is slow, and not all of the government's promised reforms have been delivered; the new mindset many Ukrainians have adopted is cause for optimism and makes Ukraine stronger than ever.
“My country and I are the same age—thirty,” says Mykhailo Fedorov, deputy prime minister and the minister of digital transformation—a new ministry in Ukraine’s government, located in an old and massive government building. These days the building is usually filled with younger people in t-shirts and white converse sneakers. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is 43 years old. Prime-minister Denys Shmyhal is 46, the average age of a member of the nation’s government is 41, and the youngest member of parliament is 24.