Thursday, April 05, 2007

ukrainian turmoil

I see that there is a fresh political crisis in Ukraine. They must have one of the busiest constitutional courts of anywhere in the world!
Ukraine is a country that I have a huge amount of time for, having spent my 2004 Christmas there as an election monitor in the heart of western Ukraine, Ternopil. The people are incredibly friendly and hospitable.
But the country is raked by political divisions between the east and west, and both sides are almost equally matched in terms of numbers. This obviously makes for a perilous situation, with either side equally quick to call their supporters out onto the streets of Kiev.
The Soviets were clearly forward thinking in terms of designing their city centres with hugely wide streets so they could march their military up and down. But now they end up as political campsites.


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