We at SEN have not been living under a rock for the last few months and have been watching events unfolding in the Ukraine. After heated protests during the summer in Turkey and Brazil, just to name a couple, our eyes have now turned to Eastern Europe. Wide cross-sections of the population in the Ukraine have been gathering and protesting since late November 2013. But what exactly are they about? We know that the first wave of protests was spurred by Ukraine President Yanukovych’s rejection of the association agreement with the European Union. However, who are the players and what are their interests? And what exactly is the salience of the far-right? What can the protests tell us about forms of Ukrainian nationalism? Below is a brief roundup of some of the most recent news on the Euromaiden protests as we attempt to uncover the variety of views and explanations of this recent phenomenon.
Business Insider (23/01/14) features an article by a Ukrainian Journalist who argues that the protests are not just about forging closer ties with the EU.
OpenDemocracy.net (04/02/14) presents an overview of the political players and their interests in Ukraine, including the far right.
Time (04/02/14) features an article focusing on Dmitro Yarosh, leader of Ukraine’s far right militant group, Pravy Sektor, and his objectives during the protests.
The Guardian (07/02/14) opines of the dangers of letting the far right groups operate freely and that it may jeopardize the entire movement.
Al Jazeera (07/02/14) features a news programme on Euromaiden which explores whether the Ukrainian protests for democracy are really about the competition between Russia and the United States.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for further analyses of Euromaiden as it continues to unfold.
News compiled by Karen Seegobin.
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