Global Affairs: US attention poses dangers for Ukraine

Far from risking irrelevance, Ukraine finds itself at the centre of US attention, caught in a domestic political fight. Uncomfortable now, this can be a boon in the long term.

LONDON • As they confronted the full might of Russia's armed forces over the past five years, the people of Ukraine constantly worried about the danger that Western governments - and particularly the United States - would simply grow tired of propping up their fragile country, and let it slide again under full Russian control.

They no longer need to worry. For Ukraine is now headline news in every US newspaper and media network. It is at the core of the impeachment hearings against US President Donald Trump. And if these hearings end up in full impeachment proceedings, Ukraine will remain a household name in the US for years to come.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2019, with the headline 'US attention poses dangers for Ukraine'. Print Edition | Subscribe