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Ukraine: What the hell just happened?

Was it a democratic revolution? An ultra-nationalist coup? Whatever it was, the future of Europe and East-West relations may depend on what happens next.

The images have been burned into the world’s consciousness: a huge square filled with protesters; black smoke billowing over a beautiful and historical city. Bodies are rushed by on stretchers, angry voices are raised. A man with his feet on fire dances madly around before someone shoves him to the ground to smother the flames. Whatever else the recent events in Ukraine may ultimately bring in their wake, they certainly were telegenic.

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