TLDRUpFront: For over fifteen years the pendulum of instability has swung in Ukraine. Political, economic, and ethnographic structures specific to the nation and its history provide momentum. And each swing traverses between authoritarian and democratic; corruption and reform; and the alignment, influence, and meddling between East and West. And these swings have now ensnared
TLDRUpFront: Tactics pioneered in the Arab Spring transplanted to Kiev are now showing up in Caracas. And the 'civil revolution' in Ukraine is starting to struggle as moderates and militants split and concerns of fascism within the revolutionary movement grow and may risk Russian intervention.
TLDRUpFront: President Yanukovych loses control of Kiev to Euromaidan protesters as instability spreads throughout the country. Unless the military intervenes there is a real risk of regime collapse. This raises the quesiont of potential mass violence: ethnic cleansing or even civil war in Ukraine.
TLDRUpFront: The Arab Spring reaches Kiev in Ukraine. A three-day escalation of violence marks the radicalization of the protest movement holding Kiev and demanding governmental reform.