A growing number of Ukrainians have voiced their support for joining the EU and NATO amid Russia’s all-out war against their country. Given that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated territorial ambitions stretch beyond Ukraine, international support for a free and democratic Ukraine is not just a matter of charity — it’s an investment in collective values and security. USIP senior advisor and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch discusses Ukraine’s current bid to join the EU and how Ukrainian civil society has managed to mobilize against Russia’s assault on its sovereignty, society and culture.

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