It was a minor blip on the American radar screen when Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovich, announced on 21 November – in a significant policy reversal – that Ukraine would forego economic and political agreements with the European Union in favor of closer integration with Russia.
For Ukrainians, the blip was anything but minor. Yanukovich’s political opposition mounted a no-confidence vote in the Ukrainian parliament, which his government survived today (Tuesday 3 December). More dramatically, thousands of protesters have thronged the streets of Kiev since the 24 November announcement from Yanukovich. At least 100,000 flooded Independence Square on Sunday to demonstrate in opposition to Yanukovich’s policy (some estimates are as high as 350,000). Continue reading “Ukrainians not going quietly into that good night”