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The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Sunday, May 11, 2014

West pushed Eastern Ukrainians into Putin's arms

The EU and the US bear partial responsibility for the fact that so many Eastern Ukrainians want independence from Kiev, columnist Daniel Hannan writes in the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph: "When Viktor Yanukovych rejected economic ties with Brussels, the EU backed his overthrow and signed the accord with the interim regime that had toppled him. All the assurances that European politicians had given about fresh elections, respect for the Russian language and so on were forgotten. The uneasy balance that had existed between (to borrow nineteenth-century Russian terminology) Slavophiles and Westernisers, was upset, and many Eastern Ukrainians openly renounced their allegiance to Kiev, giving Putin the opening he needed."

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