Ukraine was one of the States of the erstwhile Soviet Union. With the collapse of Soviet Union, thanks to Michael Gorbachev the proponent of Peristroika and Glasnost whose reign led to the formation of Ukraine, one among a host of other nations, all were the results of disintegration of the gigantic Soviet empire, once a Communist citadel, Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR).
Now that Ukraine like other States is an independent country and ever since the formation of Ukraine with a section of the citizens owing allegiance to Russia while the other section swears by its antipathy towards Russia and wants to be part of European Union.
Victor Yanukovych, the President of Ukraine is a ruler in good terms with Russia and its President none other than Vladimir Putin.
While a few States of erstwhile Soviet block chose to be a members of EU community, the latest one being Latvia.
Ukraine finds itself a nation being pulled into opposite directions while those of Western part of the nation want Ukraine to be included in EU and Eastern part yearns to be a close ally of Russia.
Ever since Ukraine became an independent nation the struggle for power between the West and East pulling in different directions began. The rulers who too are sometimes pro-Russia and pro-Euro community, the nation has in a sense ceased to be an independent country with a kind of anarchy prevailing across the nation.
Victor Yanukovych, a pro-Russian President is now caught in the web of a civil war threatening the very existence of the country with a big chunk of the population yearns to be included in the EU community.
EU nations have found it an appropriate moment to capitalize on the volatile situation spreading across Ukraine. Demanding nothing short of a fresh Presidential election and a power-sharing reform, groups of citizens have spilled over into the streets of the nation and has occupied the govt buildings making the position of Mr.Yanukovych vulnerable not only of Mr.Yanukovych, but the nation as a whole.
With a purpose to avert the turbulent situation, the President and the govt have appealed to the citizens on the rampage to cool down but the ‘art of appeasement’ has no takers who comprise the opposition activists. Yanukovych has assured the protesters to release those pro-EU men from prisons and declare a amnesty to all who have driven the State into the brink of an abyss. He has invited the representatives for talks and appealed to them to take up the posts of Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the nation which too have been turned down.
Despite all these assurances the citizens have turned restive and it seems like the nation is moving into a civil war.
With Russia declaring support to the President and promising $ 15 billion aid package and EU community promising similar sorts of assistance it has virtually evolved into a proxy war between Russia and EU community.
In the meanwhile unable to control the turmoil and bring back normality, the President has reportedly gone on sick leave.
Mounting violence which have already made the situation more and more volatile, the demands for conducting a fresh Presidential election are mounting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has squarely blamed both the EU community and US for driving the situation into such a pass. European Union leaders like Catherine Ashton and Jose Manual Boroso visited both Ukraine and Russia to help them to ease the situation as early as possible.
Will Victor Yanukovych choose to vacate the post of President and pave way for conducting a fresh election taking into account the enormity of the problem staring into his face. So far no hint has come out.