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The decline of Ukrainian democracy, as well as the nation’s relationship with the European Union, can be traced through the four-year tenure of the EU’s ambassador to Ukraine, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, who left his post in August.

When he arrived in 2009, Teixeira still had expectations that Ukraine would quickly integrate into the family of democratic nations. Even after President Viktor Yanukovych took power in 2010, the EU still had hope and gave the newly elected Ukrainian leader “the red-carpet treatment” and the benefit of the doubt, Teixeira said.

But it’s been downhill since then.

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