Few countries over the last 100 years can match Ukraine’s achievements in art, music, literature, and science; fewer still have suffered as much violence, war, and tragedy. Before it had a Jewish president and became a battlefield for the future of freedom and democracy, Ukraine occupied a central place in Jewish history for centuries—and still does today. As it fights a war for survival, Ukraine remains one of the most important countries for Jews, Americans, the West, and the world.

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