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Mass rallies on the streets of Ukraine’s capital Kiev have put its government at the centre of a tug-of-war between Europe and Russia. The pro-Europe demonstrators are demanding the government forms closer political and economic ties with the EU. The government turned away from that deal after threats of economic sanctions from Russia. But has Russian pressure achi...
Dr. Frank Umbach
Thousands of pro-European Union Ukrainians have occupied central Kiev urging President Viktor Yanukovych to resign and allow the former-Soviet state to go ahead with its trade deal with the EU. As street protests escalate, there are echoes of Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution. Ukraine remains a country on hold neither committed to Europe or to Russia – a stalemate w...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The overwhelming success of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions in the country’s parliamentary elections has caused an outcry among the opposition, condemnation among observers, and is likely to dash hopes of closer ties with Europe and the US. But while the West may view the elections with dismay, the East – notably Russia – will ...