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    Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    BBC News - Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Ukraine's opposition has asserted its authority over Kiev and parliament in a day of fast-paced events.

    MPs have replace the parliamentary speaker and attorney general, appointed a new pro-opposition interior minister and voted to free jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

    Police appear to have abandoned their posts across the capital.

    Protesters in Kiev have walked unchallenged into the president's official and residential buildings.

    President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders signed a peace deal on Friday after several days of violence in which dozens of people died in a police crackdown on months of protest.

    But the deal failed to end the protests and huge crowds remain in Independence Square, the Maidan.

    The opposition have called for elections before 25 May, earlier than envisaged in Friday's peace deal.

    The president's whereabouts are unclear - his aides say he is in Kharkhiv, close to the border with Russia.

    Presidential aide Hanna Herman said he was due to give a televised address later.
    So what can Washington, DC learn from this? That listening to the people is important maybe?
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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    So what can Washington, DC learn from this? That listening to the people is important maybe?
    One thing it shows is that it is better for the population, if the strongman leaves earlier than in Syria.

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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    One thing it shows is that it is better for the population, if the strongman leaves earlier than in Syria.
    I think it's a bit premature to assume Yanukovich is giving up. He's got a lot of support in the eastern half of the country, and just to the north of the border. I'd like to think you're right, but I think you're wrong.
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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I think it's a bit premature to assume Yanukovich is giving up. He's got a lot of support in the eastern half of the country, and just to the north of the border. I'd like to think you're right, but I think you're wrong.
    He does have support in the east.. but he's been impeached. Yanukovich only hope to retain power is a bloody civil war now.
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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

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    So what can Washington, DC learn from this? That listening to the people is important maybe?


    I love how you have taken this potentially international crisis as a lesson for the American congress, self absorbed doesnt cover it....
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Will Ukraine split in two (pro EU/pro Russia)?

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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    I love how you have taken this potentially international crisis as a lesson for the American congress, self absorbed doesnt cover it....
    You don't think it is appropriate to learn things from what occurs in other countries? Self absorbed doesn't cover it.....

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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    You don't think it is appropriate to learn things from what occurs in other countries?
    I think their are far more pressing issues right now than the statement in the OP. Plus this is a breaking news section...
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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    So what can Washington, DC learn from this? That listening to the people is important maybe?
    If there's one lesson for world leaders to learn here, it is to keep your financial and economic house in order. Throughout history, economic decline or crisis has been the single biggest generator of popular unrest. People expect the political elites to act like spoiled children, so they can live with that. However, when the financial house begins to fall, that effects people directly and spurs action.

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    Re: Ukraine crisis: Opposition asserts authority in Kiev

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Will Ukraine split in two (pro EU/pro Russia)?
    Kharkiv's regional governor, Mikhaylo Dobkin, told the meeting of MPs from predominantly Russian-speaking areas of eastern Ukraine and Crimea : "We're not preparing to break up the country. We want to preserve it.".
    However, they have refused to recognise developments in the national parliament. They are calling "fascist" those who have taken power in Kiev, and do not want armed fighters to come to their towns.
    In a resolution they determined to "take responsibility for safeguarding the constitutional order, legality, citizens' rights and their security on our territories".



    Sounds like fighting talk to me.
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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