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Deadly Protests in Ukraine: What’s Next for this Divided Country?

February 24, 2014 —  

Remains of the Euromaidan Headquarters at the Trade Unions Building on Feb. 19, 2014

Remains of the Euromaidan Headquarters at the Trade Unions Building on Feb. 19, 2014

Escalating political violence reached a boiling point this week in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev as more than 75 people were killed and hundreds more seriously injured in clashes between protesters who are seeking the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych and security forces loyal to his government.

Aiming to end the violent standoff, a tentative deal has been reached as of this morning, with Yanukovych and opposition leaders agreeing to reduce the president’s powers, form a new coalition government and hold early presidential elections. But will the concessions be enough to get people out of the streets when they say what they want is for the president to step down?

As the world waits to see whether or not the deal will diffuse the crisis, we checked in with international politics expert Daniel Friedheim, PhD, to find out what is behind these clashes and what’s next for the divided county.


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