Again, the US relies on superior air power for these quick wars. And while is some respects the US fighters are said to be better e.g. better missiles, the Russian fighters are said to be more mobile. Over and above that, the Russians have the best air defense systems in the world. I don't think it would be as one sided as you think.
As far as pressuring Yanukovych with protests, here's the Assistant Secretary of State herself, passing out cookies to the protesters
Last and most importantly, yes, it was a very very big mistake.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken
According to its Constitution, Ukrainian is the official national language of the nation of Ukraine. However, Russian has long been the unofficial language in many administrative regions (oblasts) of southern and eastern Ukraine. Ergo, the Minority Languages Law of 2012 guaranteed that another language could be used in documents, courts, schools, and other government institutions in areas of Ukraine where the percentage of representatives of national minorities exceeds 10% of the total population of a defined administrative district.
After the fall of the Yanukovych government, a bill was introduced in the Rada (parliament) to repeal the Minority Languages Act and this proposal was passed by a vote of 232 MPs out of 450 (226 required for passage). However, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov vetoed the bill. The Minority Languages Act of 2012 remains intact and unchanged and a majority of MPs have since come to the conclusion that repealing the law would be more nationally divisive than multiple languages. Russian thus remains a protected language in 13 of Ukraine's 27 administrative regions. Hungarian, Romanian, and Moldovan remain protected languages in the Oblast of Zakarpattia.
In signing an Association Agreement with the European Union today, the government of Ukraine has agreed to abide by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
on the other hand Uzbekistan's future is in doubt if its leader kicks the bucket, he is the only thing holding his regime together.
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"If you can't stand the way this place is, Take yourself to higher places!"
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