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Since then we have had two rather pathetic press conferences by ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled Ukraine overnight on Feb. 21-22, and no comments by former President Viktor Yushchenko. Both are in hiding, Yushchenko inside Ukraine and Yanukovych outside. And both share responsibility for the violent kleptocracy that befell Ukraine in 2010-2014.

Yushchenko spent most of his presidency in conflict with ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and ended up leaving office supporting Yanukovych’s election to president. Yushchenko helped to bring Yanukovych to power and yet he undermined everything he allegedly stood for – democracy, Ukrainian identity and European integration.

Today, it is common to cite German Chancellor Angela Merkel that President Vladimir Putin is living in another world. But the same can be said about Yushchenko for whom one needs a psychologist – not a political scientist – to understand.

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