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A Ukraine City Spins Beyond the Government’s Reach
NYT ^ | Feb. 15, 2014 | Andrew Higgins

Posted on 02/16/2014 10:56:02 AM PST by 1rudeboy

LVIV, UKRAINE — Oleh Salo, the Ukrainian state’s senior representative in this western region, was hard at work keeping up appearances. He had just completed a new budget, he explained, and had an urgent meeting with the newly appointed local chief of Ukraine’s security service.

Yet, Mr. Salo, the governor, expelled by protesters from his suite of offices on the second floor of the Lviv Region State Administration, is virtually powerless, scurrying between makeshift temporary quarters as he struggles to maintain an increasingly threadbare illusion that his boss, Ukraine’s embattled President Viktor F. Yanukovych, is still running this breakaway part of the country.

“We now have two powers here, a formal one that is not real and is not recognized by anyone, and people power,” said Andriy Sokolev, a local trade union head who led about 2,000 antigovernment protesters in storming the governor’s offices in late January.

In a cosmopolitan city of beguiling beauty that has been tossed over the centuries between Polish, Austrian and Russian overlords, these are tumultuous times.

Three months after the outbreak of demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, over Mr. Yanukovych’s decision to spurn a trade deal with Europe and tilt toward Russia, power has shifted decisively here in the western half of this divided country, where the president has never had much support.

Seeking to ease a volatile stalemate in the capital, the authorities in Kiev on Friday said they had freed all 234 people who had been arrested, mostly for taking part in violent clashes last month with the police.

The opposition has also sought to ease tensions, with a leading opposition party, Svoboda, saying on Saturday that it was ready to end its occupation of Kiev City Hall.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: andriysokolev; kiev; russia; ukraine; ukrainecrisis

1 posted on 02/16/2014 10:56:02 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

I’m thinking that when the Olympics are over, Colonel Putin will take care of this situation. Eastward, Ho!

2 posted on 02/16/2014 11:08:02 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
I was thinking about the irony of it a while ago. Normally, the Russians invade another country during the Olympics. ;)
3 posted on 02/16/2014 11:10:30 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy; Kartographer; Marcella; blam; JRandomFreeper; Lazamataz; null and void


4 posted on 02/16/2014 11:14:05 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; 1rudeboy; Marcella; blam; JRandomFreeper; Lazamataz; null and void

I am afraid that the Ukraine has the same problems that Venezuela has, Revolution without a true and trusted capable leader always fails and even a revolution can not always save a bankrupt country.

Scenarios for the post apocalypses

5 posted on 02/16/2014 12:54:10 PM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 1rudeboy.

6 posted on 02/16/2014 1:32:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (
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