23 February 2014

Euromaidan

The situation in the Ukraine has changed dramatically in the last 24 hours. President Yanukovich was removed by the Ukrainian Parliament, although he insists that this is nothing more than an illegal coup. His whereabouts are unknown at this time, but I fully expect to see him surface in Moscow in the very near future.

The protests in Kiev were the key to these latest developments. The protests, which have been going on for months, were initially peaceful and only recently turned violent. Apparently the images of the police and State Security forces assaulting the protesters were what tipped the balance of power and caused the downfall of Yanukovich.

Yulia Tymoshenko was the President of the Ukraine who was forced out by Yanikovich. She was then removed from public life, a la the Soviet style. She remained a very popular figure and that fact probably saved her life. The protesters demanded her return to political life in the country, and that too has been accomplished.

The important thing now is to see how Russia reacts to this development. The Euromaidan movement successfully stopped a development deal that would have brought Ukraine back into a semi-satellite status with Russia. The people want more freedom and closer ties to Western Europe.