The Ukrainian protesters proved victorious over Yanukovych’s regime, and even the Ukrainian Parliament has turned against the disgraced former President. Yanukovych has fled Kiev and is trying to escape the country before being detained for the mass killing charges issued by the remnants of Ukraine’s government.
Despite clear gains towards a stable Ukraine, the country’s troubles are still far from over. Ukraine’s future involvement with Russia and the European Union is still a major issue, exacerbated by the Ukraine’s distinct East-West divide. There have even been calls for the Crimean portion of Ukraine to separate from the pro-Western side, in an attempt to create a two-state solution.
Without taking the territorial disputes into account, Ukraine will still need to elect new leadership for the country. Ukraine heavyweight Vitali Klitschko has formally announced his candidacy for office, and and Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is also expected to run. Both candidates have significant popular support.
However, Ukraine’s three parties have little in common, and the Ukrainian Parliament needs to be rebuilt due to a number of officials who fled during Yanukovych’s downfall. Without a semblance of a government, the Ukraine won’t be able to receive the aid it desperately needs.
Ukraine’s acting finance manager estimates necessary aid to be $35 billion. Part of the reason the necessary aid is such a high number is Russia’s withdrawal of the $15 billion promised during Yanukovych’s presidency. Russia’s withdrawal of funds seems to be especially poor sportsmanship, and shows a somewhat disingenuous interest in the region’s politics.
As the Ukraine stumbles forward into its next political era, it will be necessary for Ukraine to become a strong and independent country. Ukraine can’t afford to be the object of international tug-of-war any longer and the Ukrainian people now know the true strength of their collective resolve. We can all take heart that Ukraine’s glory has not yet perished.
- The Way Forward for the Ukraine (politisite.com)