What triggered the change of government in Ukraine in February 2014?

Ever since the Soviet Union and Ukraine cut ties, the economy in Ukraine had been at a downward spiral. Due to mismanagement by the then president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, economic growth and funding were minimal. The people of Ukraine, especially the ones living in Maidan, grew tired of the corruption. They sought change which involved no longer living in ” a state in which the government robbed the public rather than served it, in which the courts covered up injustice rather than right it, in which prosecutors perpetrated crimes instead of investigating them” (Kharkiv et al, 2014).

Protests in Maidan begun in February 2014.  Within a three day span, over 100 protesters had died at the hands of the police and others that were deployed by the government. This caught the eye of foreign ministers of Germany, Poland and France, resulting in an agreement to increase the power of the Rada [Ukraine’s unicameral parliament]. This agreement also pushed presidential elections up to December 2014. This effort however was not enough for the people of Maidan. They decided to take matters into their own hands by making a statement that if “…Yanukovych was not gone by the morning of February 22nd, they would come and get him” (Kharkiv et al, 2014). Yanukovych fled the capital the next day and power was given to the Rada.

This revolution may have gained Ukraine the freedom they were looking for but in terms of economic improvement, help is definitely needed. The change in Government in Ukraine during February of 2015 relates to topics we have discussed in class because this was a civil war [between the people and the government]. There could have been various other alternatives but Yanukovych did not want to negotiate and therefore the people took action. As we have also learned in class war can be very costly. In this case the cost was lives of protesters.


5 thoughts on “What triggered the change of government in Ukraine in February 2014?

  1. This is an interesting post and for you to say that the cost of this war was the protesters lives is true but I also feel that the cost of this conflict is the economy because yes they did get who they wanted out of power but the economy is still in trouble. This is where the prisoners dilemma can come into play also was it worth it to lose those lives and still have the economy in trouble? For them the answer was yes and they took what they lost to get a different person in power.


  2. I think this is a very interesting post and topic. The fact that the economy of a nation can trigger such instability within a nation itself makes me question realism as a theory. It begs the question what role do civil wars play in the realist theory? When in theory a nation states only other enemusbare other nations themselves. But debilitating conflicts can just as likely arise from within.


  3. This is a great topic to further discuss. I feel that Ukraine was somewhat aided by Russia a lot through its economy and industries, but now that they feel that they should be independent, who’s going to help them? Russia might want them back under their control since they were previous satellite states under the control of the USSR.


  4. I agree with the idea that help is needed in Ukraine in terms of economy. If you look at the history after WWⅠ,  the people in the losing country were not helped and made them feel dislocated, unsatisfied, it caused the countries to be in control by Fascists. In this case, although there had been a lot of uncertainties in Ukraine, countries should raise them to recover from deflation spiral and uncertain political situations. Therefore, countries’ cooperation would be a lot of help for Ukraine and the countries helping because cooperation would lessen the possibilities of uncertainties, like Civil war or an economic crisis, which could be benefits for both of them.


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