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Situation in Ukraine

Post  laraschembrisant on Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:38 pm

The Ukrainian economy risks a default in the not-too-distant future, and ousted president Viktor Yanukovych actively lobbied both Russia and the European Union for a financial life jacket.

Yanukovych's surprise November 2013 reversal on a pro-EU trade deal and a pivot towards Russian influence brought thousands to the streets in protest. The demonstrations came to a boil in February 2014 when Yanukovych cracked down. The protesters resisted, then parliament moved to depose Yanukovych. The ousted leader has taken refuge in Russia.

The Crimean region has been annexed by Moscow after a March 16 referendum, and unrest is brewing in other eastern Ukrainian areas with a large population of Russia speakers. In the region roughly southeast of the Baltic states that includes Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, all three have sizable ethnic Russian populations.
Belarus, with about 8 percent of its population Russian, enjoys warm relations with Moscow and has signed on (along with Kazakhstan) to join Russia's "Eurasian Union" trade bloc that The Guardian says Putin hopes will grow into a " 'powerful, supra-national union' of sovereign states like the European Union."
Meanwhile, Moldova's smaller Russian population (about 6 percent) is concentrated in Transnistria, an autonomous region that is trying to separate from the rest of the country. The analogy with Ukraine and Crimea couldn't be more stark, suggests The International Business Times. Some 2,000 of the Kremlin's troops are enforcing a cease-fire in Transnistria between Russian separatists and the Moldovan government. Although the region borders Ukraine and not Russia, given the instability in Kiev and Transnistria's proximity to Crimea and the Black Sea coast, Moldova eyes it warily.
What's more, since the Crimean crisis broke out, Transnistria's local Parliament has asked Moscow to grant the breakaway region Russian citizenship and admission to the Russian Federation.

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Re: Situation in Ukraine

Post  laraschembrisant on Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:39 pm

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26428296

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