Shades of Orange in Ukraine

by Ryan on December 9, 2013

in Europe,History,International Relations,Politics,Social Unrest,Tyranny

It’s been nearly a decade since Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution,” the massive uprising against a fraudulent election in 2004 which put the ruling elite on notice that pro-Western, pro-democratic waves were still reverberating in Eastern Europe after the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Well, the ruling elite are apparently at it again.  The Ukrainian people have wanted to drift westward to the EU and closer ties with nations other than Russia.  However, after their latest election was showing a highly dubious swing in the direction to the pro-Russian president, the people got into the streets to protest — and haven’t left.

Here’s the moment when we noticed the story:

Ahh… it’s been years since I’ve seen a Lenin statue fall amidst an angry crowd!  I forgot how good it feels to watch.

However, I can see the bind that Ukraine’s government is in.  Moscow can threaten to shut off the oil and natural gas whenever Russia wants, and the EU itself is becoming more and more dependent on Russian energy as well.  Quite a problem, especially when the people want to move in a different direction!

The best outcome would be a bit more grandstanding by the President, then re-forming the government to appease the crowd — the people get off the streets and the government can tell Moscow they tried.  The problem with that scenario is 1) Putin won’t buy it, and 2) non-Putin friendly ex-presidents of Ukraine tend to get poisoned.  That’s when real leaders supposed to either lead or get out of the way.  Let’s hope “leading” doesn’t mean gunning down protesters in this case.

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