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Contacts with Americans proved they were the same as us, with similar values and problems. It was quite a revelation

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I have a mostly positive attitude towards the US. I visited the US for the first time in 1993 and, from the very first day it was an amazing and mostly positive experience where I discovered the history, culture and way of life of a country I had grown up to perceive as hostile. Contacts with Americans proved that they were the same as us, with similar values and problems. It was quite a revelation.

However, the time I spent in the US was also more than enough to learn about the country’s problems, such as its social and economic problems and domestic security issues. But, at the end of the day, I had plenty of reasons to be amazed by the US and its people.

The US has a reasonable amount of influence in Ukraine, and the country’s representatives - such as ambassadors - tend to be well-known and respected

After my visit I was able to better understand processes within the US as well as its foreign policy. That doesn’t mean I always agreed with US policies and actions, such as the 1999 campaign in former Yugoslavia. However, my overall perception of the US is still largely positive.

As for the perceptions of the US in Ukraine, it is a largely US-friendly country. The US has a reasonable amount of influence in Ukraine, and the country’s representatives - such as ambassadors - tend to be well-known and respected. The current crisis provides an opportunity for both countries to bring their partnership to a new level. Despite some disappointments, Ukrainian society recognizes Washington as its main ally in the nation’s struggle against the Russian aggression.