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You're reading: John Batchelor: World leaders split over Ukraine

The creeping anarchy in Kiev is a time bomb that threatens to set back the already troubled
relations between Europe and Washington. The pressing question is how
soon it explodes after the Sochi Olympic Games end.

The troubles began last fall with an economic dispute: President
Viktor Yanukovich was faced with a stark choice between joining the EU
and joining the Russian Federation. The agrarian, western part of
Ukraine wanted to link across borders with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and
Bulgaria for easy access to European labor. The prosperous, industrial
eastern part of the country aimed to stay with Moscow and 1,000 years of
tradition.

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