|Yanukovych is out and Ukraine is being pulled into the EU's orbit. Compliments by Carlos Latuff|
Parliament dismisses Yanukovych
Despite all the efforts made to come to an agreement with the armed and outraged protesters, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been ousted by a parliamentary vote. He condemns it as an outright coup orchestrated by the West. Protesters in Kiev and elsewhere are cheering that their demand has been met. But the protesters are not ready to leave just yet. Western media has also applaud that the protesters' demand was met with the peaceful removal of Yanukovych. The now former president was so hated by the Maidan protesters that he had to flee the capital. His departure and lavish estate is already being compared with descriptions saved for Ben Ali or Gaddhafi. Western leaders are happy to see the president go celebrating the news as much as a victory for the EU and West as it is for Ukraine. Meanwhile former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed to the delight of protesters and the West. She was originally jailed for 2 years for an abuse of office prior to the three month long violence. She is now making her rounds around Kiev's Maidan Square speaking to thousands of enthusiastic supporters. Ukraine's orbit towards Russia remains unknown as the EU aims to draw the country into its full orbit as a direct challenge to Russia's attempts to keep Ukraine in its political and cultural alliance. A peace pact is in the making between the protesters and the government as a final agreement. There is still talk of Ukraine being split into two parts recalling the partition of Bosnia in the aftermath of its Civil war in 1995. Keep in mind that a Democratically elected leader has been replaced by the combined violence and threats from a combination of nationalistic and violent protesters who have reiterated that neither Russia or its influences are not welcomed in Ukraine. A statue of Vlad Lenin left over from the Soviet days was toppled by happy protesters. Alongside Lenin, late Soviet leader Josef Stalin is regarded by many Ukrainians as a brutal dictator and murderer. If any Stalin statutes are still standing they will be smashed as well. Protesters in Benghazi during the Libya's protests cheerfully toppled a statue of Gamel Nasser mimicking the toppling of 2003 Saddam Hussein's statute in Baghdad, Iraq. Smashing statutes and the strong anti Russian sentiment among the Maidan and other protesters across Ukraine has created tensions from Western to Eastern Ukraine. Russia is observing the situation closely anticipating violence that could easily resurface from the protesters who do not want to end their threats to challenge the government even without Viktor Yanukovych.