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reply to post by iRoyalty
To me it's pretty obvious that a substantial population of Ukraine don't agree with the current Government. When the Government is not responsive to it's Citizens, then conflict is inevitable.
There may be a geographical division as well, with eastern parts of the country being more comfortable with Russian influence.
We should not forget that historically the Ukraine was to Russia what New England was to the United States- the original heartland of the state.
edit on 20-2-2014 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)
Just devil's advocate here, but is the RT source really going to give an unbiased view on the situation?
Also, the second link doesn't just single out Obama's announcements and thought on the topic and sanctions. Many other countries are mentioned as having the same plans and outlook.
President Obama's speech, in this speech he place all the blame firmly on the shoulders of the Ukrainians President and is effectively threatening sanctions if the President doesn't stand down and give in to the protesters (in the name of democracy, of course).
reply to post by Hellas
It feels like the west want Ukraine to "join us or die".
This one isnt as simple as "nice protestors vs. evil regime". Its more like pro-European Ukrainians vs. pro-Russia Ukrainians. Ukraine has always been very divided in this respect with half the country giving allegiance to Russia and the other half to Europe. This "evil regime" was democratically elected so the protestors dont really have the right to use bombs and violence against it. On the other hand, the Government has broken many principles of Democracy such as oppressing dissent, banning demonstrations, locking away opponents. Many of the post-Communist countries have had difficulties adjusting to Democracy. Some were lucky and got really good and fair-minded Leadership but the Ukrainians werent that lucky.
I always find that ''funny''. So when US citizen/protesters go to the white house armed and start throwing molotov cocktails, destroy stuff and/or even start shooting, Obama will step down and those protesters (also funny always how they use the word as they please (in another country/time it are terrorists or freedom fighters/rebels) will not be harmed??
Many in the Ukraine cannot forget what happened to their grandparents under Soviet rule during the collectivization of the farms during the early 1930's. It is hard to trust a regime that is essentially a cloaked communist state ... Putin was/is KGB at heart. Millions starved to death and this first great holocaust of the 20th century is not lost to the Ukrainian mindset. Not that they fared any better under Nazi rule either. After losing so many satellite states after the dissolution of the Soviet Union I believe that Russia is not very keen on losing it's last barrier to the west in Europe as far as a security standpoint goes. Now for the EU ... misery loves company, especially one that has lunch money.