15:03 Aug. 24, 2016
As the country marks a quarter of a century of independence from the Soviet Union, what does it mean to be Ukrainian in 2016?
For many Kyivians, to be patriotic is to be cool. White-and-black T-shirts with the Ukrainian trident, an ancient Ukrainian symbol, are commonplace in hipster bars and shopping malls. Vyshyvankas, a usually white shirt or dress with a traditional floral pattern, are also in fashion. Ukrainian blue-and-yellow flags are commonplace on the dashboards of vehicles. And all of the above are particularly easy to spot now, as the country marks a quarter of a century of independence from the Soviet Union. But what does it mean to be Ukrainian in 2016?
Journalist and civil rights activist Maxim Eristavi believes what Ukraine calls its "Maidan Revolution" sparked an "unprecedented quest" among many Ukrainians as they tried to fathom an answer to that question. For Mr Eristavi, it is not about language or ethnicity. He hopes Ukraine can forge an identity based on common "values", embracing the diversity of nationalities and ethnicities that live in the country.