Western mass media has been full of dramatic pictures and stories from Kyiv, during the last weeks. Journalists, politicians and lay observers connect the partly exhilarating, partly worrying images from the Ukrainian capital to those that, during the last years, have been reaching us from Egypt, Libya or Syria.
Yet, the frequent comparisons of events in Kyiv with recent escalations in Islamic countries in Europe’s southern neighborhood are misleading.
The Ukrainian people are a European nation with close, multiple ties to the European Union and its member states. This young post-communist state, until recently, had a tradition of moderate political conflict and peaceful civic resistance.