Exactly a month ago the Ukrainian crisis seemed on the verge of a
peaceful resolution: the European Union had mediated negotiations
between the government of Viktor Yanukovich and leaders of the
opposition, and an agreement had been reached.
The government consented to a truce in exchange for a promise of early
elections, a downsizing of the President’s powers, and the freeing of
opposition leader and wealthy oligarch Julia Tymoshenko, jailed on
charges of corruption (and possible involvement in a murder plot).
It didn’t work out that way.
Instead, what happened less than twenty-four hours after the truce
was announced was a shocking act of violence, initially blamed on the
Ukrainian police: 20 protesters were shot and killed. The opposition seized on this and broke the EU-sponsored agreement, as armed activists from the ultra-nationalist Svoboda and Right Sector groups attacked police with Molotov cocktails and what had been billed as a "peaceful" protest turned violent rather quickly. The narrative was quickly picked up by the "mainstream"
Western media: evil pro-Russian authoritarians murder blameless
peaceful "pro-democracy" protesters – the people rise up – Yanukovich
flees – the Good Guys come to power in Ukraine.
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