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The Maidan Uprising, Separatism and Foreign Intervention

Ukraine’s complex transition


Klaus Bachmann and Igor Lyubashenko

The current crisis in Ukraine has revealed a striking lack of background knowledge about Ukraine’s history and politics among West European politicians, journalists, intellectuals and even many academics. In this book, experts from Poland, Ukraine, the US, Russia and Western Europe fill the gap between an omnipresent and easily available narrative about Russia and a scarce, scattered knowledge about Ukraine. They show what history and political science can offer for a better understanding of the crisis and provide insights, which are based on reliable Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Turkish sources and confidential interviews with key actors and advisors. Rather than offering easy answers, the authors present facts and knowledge, which enables the reader to make up his own informed opinion.
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Nationalism, Party Politics and Political Transition: Batkivshchyna and UDAR


This chapter provides a brief introduction to the two leading opposition parties at the time of the 2013/14 political crisis. It is based exclusively on publicly available sources including analytical literature and media reports.

The political parties Batkivshchyna (eng. ‘Fatherland’) and UDAR (‘The Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform of Vitali Klitschko’) are both relatively well known outside Ukraine. The former has a long-standing presence in Ukrainian politics and initially gained international attention in connection with the Orange Revolution, in which its leader Yulia Tymoshenko played a very visible part. In comparison, UDAR is a smaller and more recently established party, which rose to international prominence primarily in connection with the events on the Maidan in 2013–2014. They represent two of the three major opposition parties involved in the events following Yanukovych’s rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

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