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CRS — Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy

February 24, 2014

Ukraine: Current Issues and U.S. Policy (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

Many observers have expressed concern about Ukraine’s democratic development, including the government’s use of the courts to neutralize opposition leaders, most notably former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, who was sentenced to a seven-year prison term in 2011. The government’s effort in November 2013 to violently disperse pro-European Union protests backfired, resulted in mass demonstrations in Kyiv and elsewhere in Ukraine. For over two months, the government has alternated between attempted crackdowns against the protestors and conciliatory gestures. The most serious violence has occurred during and after a massive government crackdown on February 18, resulting in scores of deaths, mainly among protestors but also including some police officers.

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