February 22, 2014

Forget Geopolitics, Ukraine Is About Money

Ben Aris, Moscow Times

The Associated Press

The current turmoil in Ukraine started with money. Yanukovych was probably sincere when he said he saw Ukraine as an integral part of Europe in the future. But because Ukraine was facing an imminent economic meltdown, he needed money — and he needed it right away. That's why he went with Russia's offer.

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