Snubbing Ukraine’s leaders, cutting off aid and freezing trade agreements are not going to be enough to get President Viktor Yanukovych to reverse his authoritarian course, much less persuade him to free imprisoned political opponents.

This administration experienced humiliation when a bevy of European leaders recently threatened to boycott the Euro 2012 games to be played in Ukraine next month. Yanukovych also may have been hurt when Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel on May 10 called him a dictator.

But these light and tardy actions by the West are not going to be enough to change the authoritarianism slide that’s been under way since the president took power more than two hours ago.

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