"Though it has mobilized hundreds of thousands in the capital and other cities, the pro-Western protest movement has no legal means to force out Mr. Yanukovych, who won a democratic election in 2010. The opposition represents the best of Ukraine—its rising youth and middle class—and if Europe's largest country aligns itself with the West, the dream of a united and democratic continent would be within reach. But it's vital that the pro-Western forces stick to peaceful and democratic tactics," writes the Washington Post in an editorial.
"And what kind of symbolic victory has Europe, its flag replacing Lenin, won in Ukraine today? Ukraine's awkward position between Russia's neo-imperial influence and Europe's pull promises more complications ahead. Would closer ties with the European Union—or even Union membership, which wasn't promised in the agreement that Mr. Yanukovych failed to sign—bring a democratic and transparent style of governance and end corruption and oligarchy, as the protestors hope, or would it turn Ukraine into Europe's service economy, as some critics have cautioned?" writes Sasha Senderovich in the New York Times.
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South Korea Warns of North Korea's 'Reign of Terror'
South Korea's president Park Geun-hye said relations with North Korea could become worse, accusing Kim Jong-un of carrying out a "reign of terror" (Yonhap) in his campaign to purge other leaders in order to consolidate power.
CFR's Scott Snyder explains in this blog post the significance of the removal of Jang Song-taek, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.