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Ukraine's Political Volatility Extends Beyond Kiev

MIN READFeb 25, 2016 | 10:15 GMT

The presence of activists in Independence Square in Kiev on Feb. 21 calling for the resignation of the government is among the political pressures building in Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian government is in the midst of a major political shake-up, but it is not the only actor in the conflict in eastern Ukraine that is seeing significant changes. The leader of the Donetsk People's Republic recently fired several top officials, possibly at Moscow's bidding. Meanwhile, a growing number of ultranationalist groups are becoming more politically active, adding to an already complex array of political actors in the country. Both the separatists and the volunteer battalions have posed a challenge to Kiev, and their evolution could complicate negotiations between Russia and the West over Ukraine....

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