Thanks to Window, who gave UT a plug for mentioning the Yevshan zil'ya (Ukrainian word for herb) on his great website at http://windowglass.blogspot.com
Check out this wonderful site for great up-to-date information on the latest happenings from on the ground in Ukraine. Read particularly a moving speech delivered by leading contemporary Ukrainian writer, Yuri Andrukhovych to the European Parliment in Strasbourg on December 15, 2004 on the subject of "Saving a 'cursed' Ukraine".
Andrukhovych lays out eloquently and poetically his dreams for a Ukraine which is naturally reaching out to Europe in its striving for democracy and freedom and human dignity. It is no wonder that Ukrainians have managed to survive as a recognizable entity through all these centuries of oppression and domination -- it has been the voices of their poets and writers that have kept alive the spirit of a people through unimaginable horrors.
Ultimately, guns and terror cannot triumph over the human will towards freedom and the power of words to inspire and lead.