DG anthology: The Ukraine in crisis
Since crowds of protesters clashed with police in Kyiv in 2014 and forced the resignation of the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, it’s been a tumultuous few years in Ukraine. The Euromaidan revolution, in which more than 100 people were killed, was swiftly followed by a military confrontation with Russia in the Crimea, and renewed allegations of corruption in politics – culminating in the dramatic election of a TV comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky, as president in May 2019.
Along the way, we’ve been watching Ukraine closely, as the site where Vladimir Putin’s ongoing war against Russian dissidents and his regime’s diplomatic stand-off with Western powers appear at their most visible and unalloyed. In a troubled state where fiction and farce have so completely co-opted public affairs – both in Zelensky’s election and with the bizarre story of Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist who staged his own assassination with the help of the Ukraine’s security service in May 2018 – it also serves as a blueprint for how global politics operates in the 21st-century.
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