• Volodymyr I. Holovchenko Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv


Many Western political analysts viewed Ukraine declared its independence on August 24, 1991 as one of the major geopolitical events in the twentieth century. This is for a fate of Europe to have the same meaning and impact on the situation in the region, as well as German reunification a year earlier. Modern Ukrainian diplomacy deduced in the world of independent state in a much more favourable conditions of complete the cold war and relatively peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union, after more than 40 years, though largely formal, but still physical presence of the Ukrainian SSR in structures and forums UN state as its founders.

Today Ukraine claimed their place in the hierarchical structure of the international system, its position is essential for the formation of the system architecture, not only regionally but also at the global level. Especially important to the Foreign Ministry of our country is to take into account critically national historical experience and ability to make its the necessary structural principled position, that in general holds all the modern civilized world: in an independent and self-sufficient state no permanent friends but only permanent interests.

Without the critical study and taking into account Ukrainian’s own interests and historical lessons of state development – geopolitical, civilzational, socio-economic – can not be understand the fundamental fact, that the current development of Ukraine as a sovereign state – the natural and logical outcome of its previous path.

Author Biography

Volodymyr I. Holovchenko, Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Doctor of Political Science, Professor


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