KIEV, UKRAINE – Ukraine is onto something big, but it’s not something good. The country is on the brink of a civil war.
It started back in November with protests after President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision to sign a long-awaited trade deal with the EU, instead of making stronger ties with Russia. Dangerous protests took to the streets, some deadly.
In an attempt to stop the unrest, Ukraine’s parliament debated an amnesty for some more than 200 protesters jailed during demonstrations. The measure passed on Wednesday, giving protesters amnesty under one condition — they had to clear the streets. Ukraine’s government also offered two big concessions in hopes of calming the violent uprising. Still, protesters want the President to resign. The Prime Minister, however, got the hint and he and his cabinet resigned Tuesday.
With emotions high on all ends, unfortunately it’s likely things will get worse before they get any better.