What is going on in Ukraine?

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In this posting I will try to keep an open mind and to adequately explain what is going on in Ukraine. The posting is intended mainly for my Russian friends and people wishing to get the mots impersonal and objective picture of what is happening in Ukraine.

How it all started

There was Yanukovych and his insatiable family, who were robbing Ukraine in a  way that had not been done since the times of Batu Khan. Even allowing for artistic exaggeration, the exaggeration couldn’t be too great. The scope of plunder was so high that Ukrainians could not endure one more year until the presidential election was scheduled, and rebelled against Yanukovych earlier. This was a people’s uprising against the tyrant, who forgot abouy limits and there is nothing more to  it. It is true that the world’s major players and Ukrainian oligarchs are behind this rebellion; they will try to use it to their advantage, anyway they are players and it is not surprising; however, whoever thinks Maidan gathered for money is an idiot and these people should not read this post; it is a waste of time for them. Continue reading

“Crimean Referendum! Separation!” – but where is Diversity and Tolerance? Crimea and Minorities in Ukraine FAQ

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As a Crimean ‘referendum’ threatens dismemberment of Ukraine, American ideals of ‘Strength through Diversity’ and ‘E pluribus unum’ have gone unmentioned in the media – even though, unlike in the Russian Federation, all minorities in Ukraine continue to openly enjoy legal rights and official encouragement in all their activities. The newly-baked claims of some Russians in Crimea about “persecution” of minorities have not been borne out. Here are the facts about all minorities and their status in Ukraine, especially Russians and Crimea.

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Ukraine and Russia “share a long and common history” FAQ

 

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“A shared long and common history” implies Ukraine and Russia are somehow like Siamese twins – in their origins, historical development, and in their current values and outlooks. These assumptions are often repeated by the media, but closer examination reveals crucial substantive differences.

1. Common origins? For more than 300 years, ‘Moskovia’ was…  ‘Moskovia’

This is key for proper understanding… up until the early 1700s, most maps, government documents and all other records throughout the territory of present-day Russia proclaimed themselves “Moskovia” (Muscovy). All the people considered themselves Moskovites. But in trying to kick-start his country into contemporary Europe, Peter the Great searched for a more imposing pedigree (the word “Moscow” means “swampy or dark waters” in the ancient Finno-Ugric language). Continue reading

Anatomy of Maidan. Virtual tour of the protesters’ grounds

00sKyiv is relatively calm now, so it’s just the right time to study Maidan in detail. Almost everybody has heard that word, but not everybody imagines how everything works here. Now the protesters occupy Kyiv’s center – Maidan Nezalezhnosti square, almost all of Khreschatyk (the main street), European square and some of the adjacent streets. A few administrative buidings have been captured; in them, heating and medical help centers have been established, as well as stations for accepting and redistributing clothes and other items. There are hundreds of tents on the streets, in which the activists that have come to Kyiv from all over the country live.

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MMIC to the World: Why You Need Peace in Ukraine?

All the good questions and comprehensive answers in one place

Who is fighting on the streets in Kyiv? Radicals? Nationalists?
What do people want and what they could actually get?
What is the significance of the protests for Ukrainians, that were not on the streets since they can remember?
Why you think there was no determination to fight since 1918? What has changed in the mindset or feelings of the Ukrainians?
How the Ukrainian Resistance can possibly end?
Will Russia allow the neighboring government to ease the pressure of the controversial laws they passed?
Why violence started in Kyiv?
What had really triggered the violence?
How harmful to democracy are the new Ukrainian laws?
What intimidation methods were used there?
Are the intimidation techniques Russian-inspired?

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Misconception #1: Ukraine is divided between east and west.
Misconception #2: Ukrainian protests are about joining the EU
Misconception #3: Protest forces in Ukraine are dominated by the far right.
Misconception #4: The protests should cease immediately and give way to negotiations between the regime and the leaders of opposition political parties.

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A Ukrainian Journalist Explains 10 Things The West Needs To Know About The Situation In Kiev

@Euromaidan in English:
Quite a good article explaining the buildup to the current situation for those of you who perhaps haven’t been following since the beginning of the protests, or are just now hearing about it on the mainstream media. Importantly it makes a point of the fact that whilst it started as a small scale demonstration about the stopping of EU agreement signing at the last minute, the driving force behind the people protesting is due to the governments corruption, brutality and oppression – ignited by the initial brutal attack by Berkut forces early in the morning of Dec 1st.