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Why Ukraine loves Joe Biden

Many Ukrainians hope that a Joe Biden presidency will improve relations between their country and the U.S., and dissuade Russian aggression | Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

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Why Ukraine loves Joe Biden

Another 4 years of Trump would be a boon to Russia, Ukrainians fear.

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9/28/20, 5:47 PM CET

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Askold Krushelnycky is a Ukrainian freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. 

WASHINGTON — Since gaining independence in 1991, Ukraine has thought of America as its best — and most valuable — friend on the international stage.

That relationship became even more vital in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and stoked a conflict that continues to take a bloody toll in eastern Ukraine.

But rather than seeing the U.S. as a source of support, Ukrainians are now eyeing Washington with dread and worry that a victory for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election could send a signal to Russia — which, according to U.S. National Intelligence reports, is actively trying to get Trump reelected — that it can increase its aggression against Ukraine.

Trump’s first four years have been an uncomfortable ride for Ukraine, which found itself, more than once, thrust into the spotlight of U.S. political debate, including as part of an impeachment inquiry into Trump. The U.S. president has called Ukrainians “horrible people” and pushed for Russia to be allowed back into the G7 + 1 club of the world’s biggest economies from which it was expelled over its invasion of Crimea.

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