This all started with the Euromaidan protests, right? What’s that?
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Who is Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych?
Viktor Yanukovych was elected Ukraine's president in 2010. But he was ousted by popular protests and his own parliament in February 2014. He fled to Russia, where he is living in exile.
The key facts about Yanukovych are this: he is pro-Russian (and, like lots of Ukrainians, actually a native speaker of Russian rather than Ukrainian), he has a well-earned reputation for corruption and heavy-handedness, and he had a base of support in Ukraine's predominantly Russian-speaking east but was never very popular in its predominantly Ukrainian-speaking west.
You may have heard the phrase "Orange Revolution": this refers to the mass protests in 2004, after Yanukovych won a presidential election under widespread suspicion of fraud. The protests succeeded in blocking him from taking office, but he ran again in 2010 and appeared to win legitimately.
Yanukovych alienated many Ukrainians, including his supporters, with his mishandling of the economy and especially his crackdowns on the Euromaidan protests. While lots of Ukrainians were happy to see him go, others saw his ouster as illegitimate and undemocratic. This is particularly true in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east and in the heavily Russian region of Crimea.
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Is there a series of irreverent political cartoons summing up the crisis?
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I hear that Ukraine is divided between east and west. Can you explain that?
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What does Ukraine’s east-west divide have to do with the current crisis?
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How did Ukraine get so divided?
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Why is Russia so obsessed with Ukraine?
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What is Putin trying to accomplish?
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Is Russian state media relentlessly trolling the US over Ukraine?
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Is the Ukraine crisis a new Cold War?
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Why does Putin keep talking about Yugoslavia?
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What is the US-Russia 'reset'?
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Did Putin annex Crimea because he thought Obama was weak?
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What are the US and Europe doing to try to stop Putin?
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Is Russia going to invade eastern Ukraine?
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Is Ukraine's crisis going to become a civil war?
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Why does Russia want Ukraine to adopt a federal system?
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What does the MH17 plane crash have to do with the crisis?
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