1945 marked the end of World War II, a devastating mark on the history of humankind, but one we have managed to overcome. 69 years have passed and humans have advanced both in the fields of technology and emotion. We have begun to accept once frowned upon ideals such as marriage between two of the same gender and interracial relationships, and have been more open to the needs and concerns of those in other countries. But is our worldly compassion and understanding soon coming to an end due to Russia's devious political schemes with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych?
Yanukovych has created the issues plaguing Ukraine by rejecting an economic deal with the European Union. The deal would have been beneficial to the Union, which was looking for more economies to enter into the agreement, and a profitable decision for Ukrainians looking for a larger market to sell their goods, but “even a textbook case of "win-win" economic reform was still not strong enough to withstand the highly fractured nature of Ukraine's political alliances in this case” (Curran).
The deal was declined by Ukrainian leaders due to Russia's pressure upon the country, which made it clear that the Russia would hold economic sanctions and close its markets to Ukraine while the country struggles with establishing a stronghold within the European free trade agreement (Woodruff).
Shortly after the decline of the agreement, Yanukovych accepted a “new deal from Russia in the form of $15 billion in aid and other economic benefits (Curran). This led to a massive protest in the once beautiful city of Kiev, which is now a battlefield of government officials versus citizens who disagree with the president's decision to side with Russia, a country who has a vivid history with Ukraine that is marked by disputes about natural gas pipelines that supply Moscow's European markets and the shared harbor of Sevastopol (Daly).
These protests were calm happenings at their start, but quickly matured to violence in February of 2014. Reports of 77 deaths in 48 hours with nearly 600 made headlines around the world, signaling to other countries the horrible circumstances that those in Ukraine are fighting in order to receive a stable economy. As the conflicts increased, the government and opposition agreed upon an amnesty for arrested protestors, but only if the demonstrators vacated captured government buildings. The opposition has also agreed that Ukrainian parliament would discuss changing the Constitution to reduce the power of the president, but when it was made public that the topic was declined to be on the agenda, the protestors' passion was rekindled and they marched on parliament (“Why Is Ukraine in Turmoil?”).
The protest in Kiev is looked upon as one of the worst in the history of Ukraine, simply due to the bloodshed. The Orange Revolution, 2004, was the first time the Ukrainian citizens took a stand against fraudulent voting measures that reelected Yanukovych, in which the citizens...