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My understanding is that the Ukrainian political system was reasonably closely balanced between west leaning and east leaning factions

No, that's the picture Western media is painting, but the various factions were always capable of changing their ad-hoc alliances and changing their relationship to Western powers and Russia. Back when she was PM, Tymoshenko allied with Yanukovych against President Yushchenko, and the latter two finally allied against her, and Tymoshenko made deals with Putin when she saw fit (as Putin recently recalled in his failed attempt to use her to split the current regime), and Yanukovych as President also had gas troubles with Putin and IMF cooperation and attempts to woo the West. At the socio-cultural level, the centre around Kiev is the balance between the Western Ukrainian nationalists and the Eastern pro-Russians.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Mar 11th, 2014 at 12:48:09 PM EST
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