To the Editors:

Since several readers have written to protest the title given my article on Ukraine, “The Nowhere Nation” [NYR, February 24], I should make clear that it was supplied by the editors without consulting me. “Nowhere” can be read to imply that Ukraine either does not exist or has no right to exist. That is emphat-ically not my view. I understand and support the creation of an independent Ukrainian state, but am distressed that its political leadership has been unable as yet to create the institutions Ukrainians deserve. The title I gave the article was “Ukraine Today: Stalled on the Road to a Better Life,” which captures its content more accurately than does the title under which the article appeared.

Jack F. Matlock Jr.
New York City

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April 13, 2000