Friday, April 13, 2007

Cold War Rages In Ukraine

Just a couple of years after sweeping to power on the shoulders of the "Orange Revolution", Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko finds himself in a political crisis.

Over the past few years, Ukraine has been one of the hotspots of a renewed Cold War between Russia and the West. Both the U.S. and Russia have been engaged in a proxy political battle, meddling in the internal affairs of Ukraine in order to gain strategic influence. The U.S. has been supporting the pro-Western Yushchenko while Russia has been supporting their man, the pro-Russian Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovich.

The latest from the WaPo

Ukraine president, PM make few moves to compromise
By Ron Popeski

Thursday, April 12, 2007; 11:39 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's antagonistic leaders said on Thursday they favored a compromise to resolve a standoff prompted by the president's dissolution of parliament, but neither appeared to make immediate concessions.

President Viktor Yushchenko, swept to power by the mass protests of the 2004 "Orange Revolution," dissolved the chamber and called a new parliamentary election for May 27 after months of sniping with his arch rival, Ukraine's prime minister.

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