February 23, 2014

Yanukovych’s flight

Yanukovych’s decision to leave Kiev in the middle of the crisis has led to his impeachment by the parliament and has created a dangerous situation for the country, deepening its division.

He clearly has left a message that he cannot control the situation any more and has fled the danger to seek refuge in the more supportive East part of the country. From there he said he is the president elected, that he doesn’t accept the impeachment and accused the opposition to use nazi tactics to launch a coup.

Now Kiev is in hands of the opposition and it will be extremely difficult for Yanukovych or his party to retake power over the capital without a bloodshed.

Meanwhile the parliament appointed its speaker Oleksandr Turchynov as interim President.

Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister, Yanukovych archenemy, just released from jail by decision of the parliament, urged to the protesters at the Independence square to maintain their camp. She said the fight is not over.

With the country on the verge of bankruptcy, in dire need of economical help, in an apparent vacuum of power; with the people in the streets; with the protesters guarding the official buildings in the capital; with only the parliament working; with an impeached president hiding and sending ominous messages, an interim president appointed by the parliament, there is a high danger of a violent division between the pro-Russian eastern regions and pro European western regions. All depends now on what will do the army and the police in this new scenario. Will they obey the interim president or the impeached president?

Early elections would help to clarify the political map peacefully. But there is no much hope that it would change too much. The Ukrainian political landscape is what it is. Extremely complicated. But what is clear is that Yanukovych disqualified himself by flying from Kiev in the middle of the crisis. And his reputation is ruined. Even more after the demonstrators entered his palace and saw the luxury in which he lived all these years. Analysts say he has lost the support of his party’s oligarchs and the favour from Moscow. So they pro-Russian faction will need another leader to replace him.


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  1. It’s great how you respond so fast with new stories to fast changing situations. This explains leadership politics clearly. Thank you for the news articles.

  2. thank you. I’m trying to follow the news as quickly as I can, but also taking my time to reflect on them.

  3. Thank you

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.


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