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The Maidan Uprising, Separatism and Foreign Intervention

Ukraine’s complex transition


Edited By 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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March 2007. Beginning of negotiations about a new basic agreement between Ukraine and the European Union to replace the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (signed in 1994, in force since 1 March 1998).

11 November 2011. Final round of negotiations between the EU and Ukraine about the Association Agreement.

19 December 2011. A decision to postpone the signature of the Association Agreement was taken during the EU – Ukraine summit.

30 March 2012. Ukraine and the EU initiated an Association Agreement.

14–20 August 2013. Russia started a trade war against Ukraine in order to prevent it from signing the Association Agreement with the EU. Ukrainian exports came to a halt after Russian authorities imposed onerous border procedures on vehicles transporting Ukrainian goods.1

21 November 2013. A few days before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, the Ukrainian government decided to suspend the process of preparations for the conclusion of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. This decision was officially announced by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov. In the evening, people began to organise themselves through social networks. The first meeting started in Kyiv on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti at around 10pm. By the end of the day there were about 1,500 protesters.2

22 November 2013. Some activists spent the first night on the Maidan Nezalezhnosti of Kyiv. In the afternoon, Kyiv administration started setting up metal fences aimed at securing the site before...

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