"In Kiev, the future is being decided. A triumph for the protestors would mark the end of Mr. Putin's dream of a restored Russian empire. Their defeat would mean a huge rollback of European influence and values. The credibility of the U.S., already eroding in the region, would vanish. Mr. Putin knows it. Brave citizens of Ukraine know it," writes former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili in the Wall Street Journal.
"The violence in [Kiev] needs to end and Ukraine must not be allowed to descend into chaos, or even civil war. And the only way to prevent further escalation is through new elections - the opposition needs to make this clear to Yanukovich. His hypocritical offers of governmental restructuring will not solve the crisis. Early parliamentary and presidential elections need to take place," writes Bernd Johann for Deutsche Welle.
"If Poles and Balts adopt EU norms and standards, that is their choice. But if Ukraine does so, it raises the possibility that Russia might one day do the same. The logic is not new. Many of Russia's greatest reformers, from Alexander II to Mikhail Gorbachev, believed Russia would be imperilled if Ukrainians developed a political identity of their own," writes James Sherr in the Financial Times.
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South and Central Asia
Officials Say Karzai Suspects U.S. Hand in Insurgent Attacks
President Hamid Karzai, who has frequently criticized the U.S. military for causing civilian deaths, is building a case that the U.S. government may have aided or conducted insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government, the Washington Post reports, citing Afghan officials.
Defense minister Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, promoted to field marshal on Monday, received strong support from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the country's highest military body, to run for president (al-Jazeera).