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Ukraine's uncharted waters [Editorial]
The swiftly unfolding of events in Ukraine over the weekend saw chanting crowds depose the country's president, political prisoners freed from jail, the emergence of an interim government led by opposition figures and warrants for the arrest of former security officials who ordered police to fire on demonstrators in Kiev. The rapid developments apparently caught both U.S. and European Union officials by surprise, coming as they did only hours after those powers had signed a deal with Russia for a more gradual transition. Now they must both work with Russia to keep the conflict that has riven the former Soviet republic from spiraling out of control.
February 24, 2014