Ukraine Crisis

Rheaven Hicks 2nd Period

How the unrest in Ukraine began

President Viktor F. Yanukovych’s signals in early 2013 that Ukraine would make an agreement with the European Union to the angry protests by the end of the year that flared in Kiev’s main square. There have been related events that have occurred like Ukraine’s refusal to free the main opposition leader.

Who is President Yanukovych, and why has he fled?

From being elected president of Ukraine in 2010 to being removed from office by Parliament and charged with mass murder over the past week, President Viktor F. Yanukovych has been at the center of the Ukrainian crisis since the beginning. Ukraine’s acting government on Monday declared the former president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, a fugitive sought for mass murder, but it seemed at a loss to find the man whose authority had crumbled over the weekend.

Who are the Protesters

Men and women are on the front of the lines in Independent Square, and have been camped out in Kiev’s main square since early November. The protesters have endured police brutality and bitter and freezing cold nights for months. At times the crowed was filled with to hundreds of thousands of people who were not happy with the problems that have arisen. Then this past week the tension exploded with the deaths of dozens of protesters and the disappearance of the president. Protesters used the momentum of a large rally on Sunday to spread out from the central plaza that has been their base for antigovernment protests that are entering their third week.

Why the unrest has escalated in the past 2 weeks

Protests in Kiev began in November when it became clear that President Yanukovych had not carried out his agreement with the European Union. Yet at critical moments since then, the rallies seemed to calm down and become much smaller in numbers, as when Russia offered Ukraine a $15 billion lifeline to stem the economic crisis. Last week the world watched in shock as the protests erupted into many actions of violence and the government totally fell apart in the process. The shootings followed a quickly shattered truce, with enraged protesters parading dozens of captured police officers through Kiev’s central square.

What role do Russia and the West play in the Ukrainian Crisis?

The civic unrest in the Ukraine is in many ways an outgrowth of the Cold War, with Russia on the one hand, and the European Union and the United States on the other, jockeying for influence in this former Soviet republic. Both the West and Russia are not suppose to interfere with the violence erupting. They are to support the Ukraine's government and have also backed up the Ukrainian presidents claim accusing his opponents of trying to take power.

How do you think this conflict will end?

Since the president has now fled the country there is no type of leadership. The law forces are doing the best they can to control everything but it's not working out to well. There are elections being held for a new president but until then I believe that there will still be violent outbreaks. As the time passes by protesters are becoming more upset and getting even more violent with the law. Until the requirements are met there will never be peace in Ukraine.