Alexandria Elizabeth Eason
How did unrest in Ukraine begin?
There are three reasons that has led to this unrest:
1. Viktor F. Yanukovych, current president of Ukraine, had long promised to bring Ukraine with the European Union integrated by signing political and trade agreements. However, in November he refused an offer. Thus breaking the promise. Leaving the question of whether or not the president is trust worthy.
2. Thousands of protesters marched to the parliament building to support a vote to reduce the president's powers.
3. Yanukovych is still seen as inching closer to Russia. This has been a major issue for demonstrators since November. They see Yanukovych as bringing their country closer to Russia, symbolically moving it away from Europe. About one-third of Ukraine speaks Russian as their native language, including Yanukovych. The other two-third, who speak Ukrainian, tend to prefer positioning their country as economically and politically closer to Europe than to Moscow. So for the west side of Ukraine it's a problem.
What role do the West and Russia play in the Ukrainian crisis?
How do you think this conflict will end?
Who are the protesters?
Who is President Yanukovych, and why has he fled?
Yanukovych, is the president of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has flown out of Kiev to visit Ukraine's second largest city Kharkiv, considered his eastern political base. A US official said the embattled president made the trip to attend a meeting. Two key allies, parliamentary speaker Volodomyr Rybak and presidential administration chief Andrei Kluyev, were also reported to be on board the aircraft.