Ukraine voted to move closer to the European Union yesterday. Nearly seven million, or 20 percent of its citizens, were unable to cast their ballot because they live in Crimea – annexed by Russia – or in Donetsk and Luhansk, where gunmen shut down polling stations. Nevertheless, over fifty percent of the country voted, and over fifty percent of those voted for Petro Poroshenko who stands for closer European integration.
Meanwhile Europe voted to leave the European Union yesterday. Just 43 percent of 500 million Europeans voted, and in counties across Europe – including the UK – they voted for far right eurosceptics.
I want to be happy for Ukraine today. But I feel bewildered and sad.