November 23, 1994
College Park. -- When Ukrainians voted for independence from the dying Soviet Union three years ago, they told each other they could stand a diet of potatoes, or even potato skins, if it were the price of freedom.But the future was not necessarily grim. Western experts considered Ukraine a better bet for success than most of the Soviet successor states. The economy was, by Soviet standards, developed, and by exporting grain and metallurgical products, Ukraine was considered likely to be able to pay for its energy imports.