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You're reading: Adam Taylor: Ukraine’s real problem Is Viktor Yanukovych

That said, oversimplifying the split would be a mistake. As Peter Pomerantsev notes at the London Review of Books, the “violent front line” of the Euromaidan protests actually appears to be multi-lingual. Even a divided country can find unity in focusing on one singular problem, and for Ukraine, there’s one big problem that actually appears to be quite simple: Viktor Yanukovych.

Let’s be blunt: Yanukovych does not seem like a good president. This isn’t even the first time his strongman tactics have led to mass protests on the streets of Ukraine; the “Orange Revolution” in 2004 was a successful attempt to stop Yanukovych, then Prime Minister, assuming Ukraine’s presidential office after allegations of fraud and voter intimidation.

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