Torn between East & West, is Ukraine having an identity crisis? Well, just ask ex-boxer Klitschko & a half-Palestinian journalist

Ukrainian politics

Ukrainian politics is like the start of a bad joke. A comedian and a boxer walk into a bar… and end up taking over the government. But that is exactly how President Volodymyr Zelensky and Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko started out.

As a friend once pointed out to me, being a quarter Ukrainian by blood doesn’t give me an instant right to comment on politics in the Eastern European nation. I’ve since realized, however, that given I am also a quarter Russian and half Palestinian, there are few people better qualified to understand the identity crisis Ukraine is going through than someone who has had one themselves.

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