Ukraine: Yanukoych is Caught in His Own Trap

At first disparaged by hurried observers as a defeat of the European Union and a ‘victory’ for Vladimir Putin, the 28-29 November Vilnius summit appears today as a salutary moment of truth, a ‘Reality Check’, the title of the conference hosted by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaité alongside the official event. Four days after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s pitiful performance at the EU-Eastern Partnership gathering, 186 deputies voted for the resignation of the Ukrainian government, 40 ballots short of the two-thirdsmajority needed to vote the government out. And street protests continue.

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Chatham House, 6 décembre 2013

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