Xinhua recently reported on the fall of Ukraine’s Yanukovych government, which had been closer to Russia. The report expressed the strong belief that the heavy intervention that the West imposed significantly encouraged the opposition to “raise the price” against the Yanukovych government. Ever since the beginning of the crisis, the European Union and the United States have stood strongly behind the opposition. High ranking EU and U.S. government officials frequently visited Ukraine during the crisis. Some appeared in person right at the center of the demonstrations and even delivered speeches. The report downplayed the role Russia had in the process by saying Russia engaged in the negotiations too late and could do little to change the direction. The report concluded that uncertainty is still the key word to describe the situation currently in Ukraine.
Source: Xinhua, February 23, 2014