Ukraine under President Viktor Yanukovych is in decline and becoming more dangerous, slinking into 2012 with diminished prospects on many fronts – including a new natural gas deal with Russia and closer ties with the European Union.

It would be nice if the European Union and Ukraine formally initialed a trade association agreement during their summit in Kyiv on Dec. 19. But the truth is, Ukraine is moving further from the civilized and developed world, not closer.

If the EU adheres to democratic standards, there is currently no chance that its 27 members will ratify trade and other agreements with Ukraine as long as the

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