Ukraine – torn between the EU and Russia

Ukraine is enduring its worst political upheaval since the Orange Revolution of 2004. Last week, President Viktor Yanukovych, apparently under pressure from Russia, refused to sign an agreement with the EU that would have deepened economic ties. This revived long-standing tension between the Europe-orientated, Ukrainian-speaking west of the country (once part of Poland and Austria-Hungary) and the Russian-orientated east. Members of pro-Europe protests in Kiev, which the government has attempted to break up violently, say they are determined to oust Yanukovych.

Yanukovych’s choice was “plainly… made more in his own interests than in his country’s”, as The Economist pointed out [...]

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