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View Diary: Ukrainian President: 'Ukraine Cannot Quell Unrest in the East' (58 comments)

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  •  It looks like the elections aren't going to work. (3+ / 0-)
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    fran1, native, Involuntary Exile

    The Kiev government should probably announce its willingness to resign, then negotiate a broadly representative government structure with the easterners.
       Otherwise, they're going to end up being the city council of Kiev, while each subdivision in the rest of the country goes its own way.

    •  A good idea. But I believe the Kiev government (2+ / 0-)
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      amyzex, tekno2600

      does have widespread support in the west of the country.

    •  Well, that was going to happen (3+ / 0-)
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      wu ming, amyzex, tekno2600

      after the elections held on May 25 in any case.

      Declaring the government in Kiev "a failed state" is a propaganda line arising from Russian sources.    All the people around here who take their political direction from there (read a few Ukraine diary comment sections and they're easily identified) are all saying it at the same time, so it can be significantly disregarded.;

      The government in Kiev is weak, at least not able to muster much organized violence to enforce its authority, and that is arguably actually a good thing in the present circumstances.  If had a strong military it would be under strong pressure by Ukrainian nationalists to violently crush the uprisings in the eastern cities.  With the Russian military kept out also, it's much more of a fair fight among the partisans in the region in dispute.

      •  The very definition of a failed state... (0+ / 0-)

        as all of the political scientists who frequent this site will tell you, is "one that does not have a monopoly on violence". This very definition often appears in diaries of front-pagers. By that definition, Ukraine is already a failed state, and anyone with half a brain saw this train wreck coming.

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