Friday marks one year since protests first erupted in Kiev's Independence Square, an event that snowballed into the biggest upheaval Ukraine – together with the West -- has seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In the course of that year, Ukraine has had three governments, engaged in a deadly conflict with neighboring Russia and gone limping to international lenders to rescue its economy from collapse.
On many levels: financially; militarily, and socially, life in the former Soviet Union country appears to have changed for the worse. Yet there are some grounds for optimism.
Here, we take a look at what has changed – and why some hopes for its future may be justified.