No, that’s not a good analogy. There is no “Ted Cruz” factor at all. You certainly would never compare Yanukovich, a corrupt criminal, to Ted Cruz.
It’s more like Obama is elected president and decides to cozy up to Russia, and several years later a bunch of his opponents storm DC , wanting us to be aligned with the EU.
Neither option would be very good. Both would give up national sovereignty. I guess they don’t feel strong enough to stand on their own. They are very dependent on Russian oil/gas.
There is also a split between eastern and western Ukraine, with the west side wanting to be more “European” and the eastern regions feeling closer bonds to Russia (culturally, politically, etc.).
Yanukovich was freely elected last time. Mob action deposing elected officials is not “democracy”. I smell Soros and the Eurofascists trying to take over.
Ever since Bogdan Chmelnicki’s marauding cossacks destroyed the consolidated Polish/Lithuanian state, everyone in Eastern Europe has been subjugated to Russia, the only other big fish in the tank. Poland is now independent, as is Lithuania and the rest of the Baltic states. I can sympathize with the Ukrain’s desire to remain so as well. But there still is one big fish in the tank. EU has its faults, but it’s outside the tank. When you’re a little fish, the guy outside with the net and the little bowl of water might be preferable to the big fish.