February 25, 2014

Tough Challenges for a New Ukraine

Masha Lipman, The New Yorker

The Associated Press

If there is one thing that a solid majority of Ukrainians share, it is a loathing of their ousted President Yanukovych. From the nationalists in western Ukraine to members of his own party, they are condemning a leader who fled his capital after several days of carnage in which more than eighty of his compatriots were killed, leaving behind a luxurious residence and empty state coffers. Even in Russia, loyalists who until recently defended Yanukovych as Putin’s ally speak about his “inglorious end” and call him “pathetic.” Beyond this consensus, nearly everything is uncertain and precarious. Moving toward normalcy will be a formidable task.

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