Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Truce called in Ukraine

Uneasy truce in Kiev

Both the protesters and wider Ukrainian government through President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to a truce. In the midst of the firy barrage at Maidan square, a calm has settled for the time being while the police clear the encampment that has seen nights of violence. The truce has brought a sigh of relief to the Ukrainian capital and smaller towns also experiencing violence. President Barack Obama hinted there would be sanctions against President Yanukovych as demanded by the protesters who represent the main opposition bloc to him. Since when was the last last time anyone has demanded a foreign country place sanctions on their own government? If the demand for sanctions sounds like Libya during the violence in Benghazi prior to the start of NATO bombing its not a coincidence. Sanctions hamper the movement of government officials or freezes their assets. Long term sanctions affect the entire country's economy hurting the people more than the government. In the case of sanctions in Ukraine, it would only be aimed at Yanukovych. Meanwhile the main opposition leader Vitali Klitschko (a former boxer turned political activisit) has called on the protesters in Maidan square to abide by the truce.

Boxer turned political activist Vitali Klitschko before the Maidan protests punching his way to the top as a champion. Picture from telegraph on Kitschko's boxing bouts.

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