Ukraine Protests

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Ostensibly over the government's refusal to move toward the European Union, though undoubtedly there's more to the story.

Angry about Kiev's policy U-turn away from integration with Europe, hundreds of demonstrators lined trash bins, metal containers and flower pots to stop employees from going to work. They focused their attention on government offices after tens of thousands of people took part in an opposition-led rally Sunday, marred by violence.
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What started out late last month as demonstrations against Yanukovich's decision not to sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union has ballooned into something much larger. Demonstrators say they will stop at nothing short of new parliamentary and presidential elections.

"This is not a protest. This is a revolution," protest leader Yuri Lutsenko, told a crowd of thousands who packed Independence Square on Sunday.
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What are the advantages of integration? Ukraine is only just now realizing the benefits of being an independent state, why would it seek to join another organization and be answerable to a Parliament in another country?
 
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What are the advantages of integration?
Trade.

Politically. Russia has been buying elections in the Ukraine, amongst other things. The hope is that closer ties to the West will alleviate some of the bull**** .
The hope among the protestors. But half the country is just fine with Russia, it seems. Part of the country identifies with Russia, and part of it wants to move closer to Europe.
 
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Another former Soviet state straddling the divide between Europe and Russia: Georgia

"We, Georgians, know that we are Europeans. But because of the reasons of history and geopolitics, we had no chance to take part in the European integration process from the stage of inception [of the EU]," Giorgi Margvelashvili, Georgia's new president, told EU leaders at the Vilnius summit.
Interesting to the extent that they view themselves as Europeans, given that the nation is east of Ukraine and not far from Iran.
 
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