Year In Review: Ukraine Crisis

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The crisis in Ukraine began on November 21, 2013, when then president Viktor Yanukovych abandoned a trade agreement with the European Union, saying “the decision had been taken to protect Ukraine’s national security.”

The decision triggered mass protests with a few hundred people taking over the central square in Kiev, known as the “Euromaidan.” The mass protests lasted for months, and resulted in Yanukovych’s ousting by the protesters on February 22, 2014. After condemning what he called a coup, Yanukovych left Kiev. The Parliament stripped him of the presidency and Arseniy Yatsenyuk became interim Prime Minister. The Parliament also removed Russian as one of the two official languages, which was seen as a sign of the country divided along eastern pro-Russian and western pro-European lines. In several cities of Russian-speaking eastern and southern regions, pro-Russian demonstrators broke into official buildings. Buildings and airports of Crimea were taken control of by Pro-Russian gunmen. A referendum on the status of Crimea in March decided overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. In east Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk evolved into an ongoing battle between the post-revolutionary Ukrainian government and pro-Russian insurgents.

Alexander Nekrassov, former advisor to the Kremlin and Doctor Taras Kuzio – an international expert on contemporary Ukrainian and post-communist politics joined CCTV’s THE HEAT to discuss the situation of Ukraine on May 7th.

Will the Violence Continue in Ukraine?

Will the Violence Continue in Ukraine?

Alexander Nekrassov, former advisor to the Kremlin and Doctor Taras Kuzio - an international expert on contemporary Ukrainian and post-communist politics join Anchor Anand Naidoo to discuss whether violence in Ukraine could escalate.

Read More reporting on Ukraine Crisis:
The timeline of Ukraine crisis by CSIS
CCTV AMERICA’s reporting on Ukraine Crisis

  • LES1

    Whenever I see “east/west” (in reference to Ukraine), I “see” subliminal brainwashing of Americans with another kremlin canard.
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    Canards have been the policy, procedure, and practice of the kremlin – for centuries.
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    When most Americans think “civil war”, then they think “north/south” – with a clear dividing line. Putin even selected the confederate flag for one of the so-called republics – to reinforce the disinformation with “subliminal brainwashing”.

    They use their “east/west” Rhetoric regarding language, religion, “ethnic civil war”, etc…

    The following two (2) official maps clearly contradict the “east/west” BS.

    File:UkraineNativeLanguagesCensus2001detailed-en.png
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UkraineNativeLanguagesCensus2001detailed-en.png
    And this map :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine#mediaviewer/File:Ukraine_ethnic_2001_by_regions_and_rayons.PNG