Ukraine: Conspiracy or cock-up?

A look back at how the past year’s turbulence came about, and what might happen next.

Embassy Photo: Sam Garcia
Supporters of a united Ukraine rally on Parliament Hill during the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sept. 17.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 11/26/2014 12:00 am EST

This is what former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, subsequently driven from office by mass protests in Kyiv, said to German Chancellor Angela Merkel just one year ago, at the start of the crisis. It was recorded by a Lithuanian television crew, eavesdropping on the conversation with a directional mike, at the European Union summit in Vilnius where Yanukovych announced that he was not going to sign an EU-Ukraine trade deal.

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