The Struggle Continues in Ukraine
The struggle for Ukranian democracy continues as I write. It is clear, at this point that the biggest danger facing Ukranian democrats is President Putin of Russia. Mr. Putin would dearly love to reclaim Ukraine as a Russian dependency and is doing everything he can to assist Victor Yanukovitch to steal the election from the people.
With few exceptions around the world governments, including that of Canada, have refused to accept the results of this electoral travesty. Good. It is also clear, however, that pressure needs to be applied as much to Moscow as to Kiev, if democracy is to survive. A ray of hope rests with the Ukrainian judiciary which has banned publication of the election results. A proper judicial review of this skulduggery, combined with continuing international pressure, may be Ukraine's best hope.