Ukraine, a European country located between Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Belarus, Hungary, and Romania, has been facing many protests that could lead them into a civil war. Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich, was going to settle a deal with the European Union, in which Ukraine would have allied with Europe instead of Russia, but he suddenly backed down and favored Russia. This decision has brought immense chaos because of the fact that Ukraine is divided into two. The eastern half speaks Russian and are Russian Orthodox, therefore favor Russia. On the other hand, the western half speaks Ukrainian and are mostly Roman Catholic, favoring the European Union rather than the Russians. Such contrast so close was a successor for the disagreement and clash that has arisen today. It is believed that President Yanukivich made this unexpected decision because Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pressured Yanukivich by threatening Ukraine’s economy.
The western half already has its opposition group, which is mainly lead by Vitali Klitschko, the WBC heavy weight champion, and has named this group “Punch”. Since these protests emerged, many lives have been put indanger. Almost one hundred people have been killed, about 600 people have been injured, and countless streets have been set on fire.
Last week, President Yanukivich signed a deal and ran off, however he recently resurfaced saying that he is still Ukraine’s head, and offered a press conference on Friday February the 28th. While this is taking place, the United States has announced that they do not consider Yanukivich the President of Ukraine any longer, and has warned Russia against aggressive actions. No one knows what is yet going to come; the future might bring tragic news or a lasting peace.
By: Camila Haldemann