- Posted February 24, 2014 by
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Ukraine Garners Western Support Following Riots and Political Upheaval
The Ukrainian capital city of Kiev has been plagued with tumultuous and often violent protests for the past weeks. With dozens dead, and even more injured, the eastern European nation’s government finally took serious steps forward, after ousting the now former president, Viktor Yanukovych, and several other officials with strong ties to the former executive.
The protests started in Kiev’s Independence Square after the Ukrainian government moved away from talks with the EU and moved closer to Russia, accepting a loan of up to $15 billion dollars.
Following the riotous several weeks in Kiev, a new interim government headed by the former Speaker of Parliament, has set out to form a new government in order to resolve these major issues raised by the protests, but also they must then face the nations debt, which the $15 billion dollar Russian loan would have helped stave off. Fortunately, western nations have announced support for Ukraine across the board, both the U.S. and the U.K. have announced their official support of the nation’s new path. Britain’s Chancellor, George Osborne stated on Sunday that Britain and others are ready to give the struggling nation financial support in order to help stabilize and recommence on its path towards a more EU-oriented nation.
Also on Sunday, former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, was released from prison after serving 30 months of her sentence, one what many to be politically motivated charges. Tymoshenko made a speech following her release praising the actions and the will of the Ukrainian people and further calling for political reform and now repair from issues the nation’s ousted government had left behind.
Russia’s Uncertain Presence
Russia still holds some strong influence over Ukraine, particularly its eastern region, where the former president garnered most of his support. The deal between the two eastern nations has been stalled due to the recent political upheaval, yet Russia does not seem intent on entirely giving up on Ukraine, stating that talks may resume when a new government has been formed.
Though others fear a stronger Russian response, certainly now that Russian president Vladimir Putin can turn his attention away from the Olympic Games in Sochi and towards the issues in the region. The U.S. government warned Russia that any military action in Ukraine would be a major misstep, however it is reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has talked with Putin, and both agreed Ukraine’s territorial integrity must be upheld.
A New Start for a New Ukraine
Despite the battlefield-like appearance of Kiev’s Independence Square, there a hopes for a better Ukraine. With a new government forming, and an outpouring of support from nations across Europe and the world, Ukraine could set itself back on track. Though in precipitous situations such as these a new government must be cautious, and listen to the people who have so strongly and clearly asserted their will for the nation’s future.
A new government is expected to be formed by tuesday, and then followed by elections in May.