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Why is Russia so keen on Ukraine affairs? What does it mean?
SAURABH KUMAR | Issue Dated: April 22, 2007
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ORANGE REVOLUTION REDUX? International politics, by its very nature, is volatile. Even when everything seems placid, there are volatile undercurrents. The present power struggle in Ukraine is one such undercurrent. When the attention of the world is focused on West Asia, Ukraine is well on its way to transforming itself into the chess board, where power play is being enacted. In what may bring severe political unrest in the region east of eastern Europe; the pro-West President of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko dissolved the Parliament and ordered the pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to step down as the Prime Minister. Predictably, Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych refused to step down and declared the recently announced elections unconstitutional. 

The President’s decree to dissolve the Parliament is seen as a last attempt to reassert his authority. Backed by thousands of supporters who have taken to the streets, Yanukovych has refused to take part in the election process that was launched officially last week. The move has divided Ukraine into two major camps that have diametrically opposed allegiances. Vitaliy Scherbak, a key political analyst at Kiev, said to TSI through mail, “Russia is trying hard to assert its independent foreign policy in the region. Ukraine is turning into a laboratory of that experiment…”  Scherbak’s comment rings true in the sense that Russia is indeed attempting to play a pivotal role in the affairs of former Soviet republics like the Ukraine, in order to reclaim the prestige of the erstwhile USSR.  

President Putin’s speech at Münich last week provides an insight into the stand that Russia is bound to take in the days to come. These manoeuvres by Russia have been closely observed by the powers that be in Washington D.C., who have dictated terms behind the scenes in the Eastern European region, since the disintegration of the USSR.
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