(Toronto-based Research Associate at the Centre for Political and
Regional Studies, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) – www.rieas.gr –based in Athens, Greece – (Date of Publication: 12 February 2014).
The tragic murder of seven protesters on 22 January 2014, symbolically Ukrainian independence and unity day, is the first occasion this has happened in three decades when the country was still part of the Soviet Union. Although the use of firearms and other lethal weapons was authorized by the Nikolai Azarov government in three resolutions that same day under the presidential constitution the buck stops President Viktor Yanukovych..... Read more