Summary: Despite the desire held by many Ukrainians to be more aligned with the European Union, Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych was swayed by pressure from Russia’s Vladimir Putin to reject a free trade agreement. Judy Woodruff talks to Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution about Yanukovych’s options for the current crisis. This interview aired on…
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As we now know from recent news bulletins, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has blocked US couples from adopting Russian children. Not because Russian children are considered at risk in the USA, but in a tit-for-tat diplomatic move following US bans on Russian human rights violaters.
Ukraine, under President Yanukovych, is far from being a truly democratic country. The domestic policy of Yanukovych turns Ukraine to be a copy of the “democracy”, practiced in today’s Russia. Will it be reasonable for Europe to adopt such a non-democratic regime in the European family of nations without any preconditions?
When the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, we on the other side of the Wall felt far more hope than you can imagine. Yes, there was fear and confusion as well, but thanks to the courage of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and others who followed them, hundreds of millions of people had the opportunity to grasp the freedom that the western world takes for granted. It was a great moment in world history and those leaders who did not forget about us will in turn never be forgotten by us.
For those who do not follow events in Russia, that is often where the story ends.
By Bishop Paul Peter Jesep Kyiv is poised to become the New Jerusalem setting a standard for Moscow and Minsk to emulate. In July 2010, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church issued a statement calling Kyiv the New Jerusalem because the Ukrainian capital is “a religious ideal that for centuries defined the spiritual, cultural and political…
Of course Communists, with blood stained hands, replaced the Nazi oppressor, but because of the violence in Lviv this month it has not be part of the news story being reported. Unfortunately, violence and the disrespect for someone else’s rights made the headlines. It diminished Ukraine in the eyes of the international community while giving legitimacy to Russia’s ongoing efforts to portray Ukraine as incapable of being a mature member of the European community