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The celebration was marred by the ongoing escalating war in the east where Russian-backed separatists hold sway.

Indeed, at one point demonstrators even ransacked a branch of a Russian bank.

Krystyna: It is said that Ukrainian women looking for a Western husband are basically looking only for a Green Card and money.

"Here in the bar," notes Kanishthemko, "everything is respectful, but if you go out into the towns it's more traditional and you get 'rednecks.' Despite rural conditions, Kanishthemko adds that women's rights have steadily improved in Ukraine.

Across town, former Maidan activist Nataliya Neshevets agrees.

Kyiv has also undertaken measures to ensure greater transparency in media, and not surprisingly reforms have revealed that media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few fabulously wealthy oligarchs.

Meanwhile, authorities are conducting police, judicial and tax reform.

Krystyna: It is said that Ukrainian women looking for a Western husband are basically looking only for a Green Card and money."Here in the bar," notes Kanishthemko, "everything is respectful, but if you go out into the towns it's more traditional and you get 'rednecks.' Despite rural conditions, Kanishthemko adds that women's rights have steadily improved in Ukraine.Across town, former Maidan activist Nataliya Neshevets agrees.Kyiv has also undertaken measures to ensure greater transparency in media, and not surprisingly reforms have revealed that media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few fabulously wealthy oligarchs.Meanwhile, authorities are conducting police, judicial and tax reform.On the Maidan, feminists were physically attacked "not so much by far right groups but by older people who were simply passing by, say men and women over the age of fifty." On the third year anniversary of Maidan, however, "feminism is growing and maybe there's more awareness about these issues now. Four or five years ago feminism was stigmatized more but today public figures and writers are broaching the issue." Neshevets adds, "I'm not sure if this was a result of Maidan, but maybe things started to snowball as a result of rebellion." Ukrainian Youth Speak Despite these improvements, there are serious reasons to doubt that Ukraine is somehow on the cusp of becoming a "modern country." So says Denis Pilash, another veteran of youth protest on the Maidan.