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Ukrainian National Sentiment Daniel Freeman 2000 The Ukrainians considered themselves a nation even under the rule of the Soviet Union This sense of nationalism in part led to the break up of the USSR Now the Ukraine is an independent state and their economy has been decimated The Ukrainian central government is struggling and penniless and for the most part the Russian Mafias are now running the country Jorgensen The result of this being that for all intents and purposes the Ukraine has become feudalistic state So heres the question what exactly motivates the Ukrainians to keep their National identity In an effort to explore the issue further let us proceed with a brief examination of the elements we are dealing with here While nation-states are prevalent keep in mind that a nation is different then a state A state is a political community with a government A nation-state is a state inhabited largely by citizens who identify themselves as members of the same nation Ethnicity does not create a nation either America for instance is a Nation comprised of many ethnicities A National identity exists when a group of individuals identify themselves as a people In some schools of thought to have a national identity qualifies as also having a nation a nation is born when a national identity is forged Another school of thought maintains the belief that only when certain conditions are met does this people actually form a nation until then they exist only as a minority or factional group Surely though without a national identity a nation does not exist Hutchinson Be that as it may there are certainly factors that are at least related to having a nation Whether these factors produce or are produced by a nation is not relevant to this
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