"President Yanukovich is widely seen as living in symbiosis with Ukraine's tycoons. Initially that was largely true, but after becoming president in 2010 he quickly concentrated not only power but also wealth in the hands of his family—turning the big businessmen against him. The surviving tycoons now see Mr. Yanukovich as the greatest threat to their survival, which has made most of them supporters of the European Association Agreement that the president shelved last month," Anders Aslund writes for the BBC.
"Western leaders have missed no chance to show the Kremlin that they are not to be taken seriously. The EU merely murmured when the Kremlin imposed trade sanctions on Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Lithuania. Its leaders have done little to make waverers in Ukraine think that Europe is to be counted on in a crisis. The belated diplomatic support that the Obama administration has given the EU in its eastern neighborhood is commendable. But it also highlights the shameful neglect of previous years," write Edward Lucas in the Wall Street Journal.
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