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You're reading: Yanukovych lost his way, and now Ukraine suffers

That’s what Ukraine did. Russia probably
offered Ukraine just enough short-term gain – to get through the 2015
presidential election cycle to re-elect Viktor Yanukovych – that it indefinitely
postponed what could’ve been the main catalyst for shedding the last vestiges
of its Soviet shell: a political association and free trade pact with the European
Union.

It was a highly pragmatic decision albeit
shortsighted. The principal assumption is that the EU will always be next door
and that Ukraine could always finish meeting the criteria for signing the EU
treaty. It allows Ukraine to maintain the status quo, one in which wealth is
concentrated in a few hands as corruption festers and an insider economy
continues to redistribute what remains of the state’s remaining assets.

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