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You're reading: Ukraine’s ground zero

Among several comments that were posted, one of them concluded that “the Ukrainian people deserve better.” It is not entirely clear that they do.

When Ukrainians gained freedom and democracy with the 2004 Orange Revolution, a large part of the southeast part of the nation despised it. The winners didn’t quite know how to govern or manage the rift among themselves, and did little to flush out the endemic corruption and dysfunction, often in their own midst. Someone who spent time in Kyiv in the 2005-07 period could sense a perception of failed governance and disillusionment.

In 2010, the people incredibly, albeit by a small margin, made a U-turn to someone whose reactionary record was for all to see. And so, Yanukovych delivered a back-to-the-dungeon reality and then some.

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