The failure of Europe: which Ukraine?


When the topic turns to the Ukrainian issue, we always should ask: which Ukraine are we talking about?

When the topic turns to the Ukrainian issue, we always should ask: which Ukraine are we talking about?

 

It’s not a secret that the country is divided. We often talk about the western ethnic Ukrainians opposed to the eastern and southern Russian-speaking provinces. But, apart from this geographical division, there is a crosscut society: on one side the old post-soviet people afflicted by nostalgia and scared by any change,  and on the other the youngster mobs wiling to travel and to feel no differences with their European counterpart. But the other question is: who rules the country?

Pro-what?

It is a deceptive interpretation to consider the pro-EU rallies as “the voice of Ukrainians”. Even with all its limits and bugs, Ukrainian democracy differs from the Russian guided democracy and is quite far from the Belarusian suffocating regime. The 2010 polls that gave the country to Mr. Yanukovych were judged by international observers meeting “most OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections […] and offered voters a genuine choice between candidates representing diverse political views”

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