December 2, 2013

Why Ukraine Matters

Greg Satell, Forbes

The Associated Press

The past week has seen massive protests in Ukraine in response to President Viktor Yanukovich’s bungling of an EU trade pact. It is one of those seemingly obscure international events that are easy to miss, especially in the middle of the holiday season.

Yet the events in Ukraine matter and not just because what they bode for the future of Europe and an increasingly desperate Vladimir Putin, but because this is a story that will continue to resonate in the years to come.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Russia, Europe, Vyktor Yanukovich


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