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Personal account of James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter, a publication on Russia, Ukraine, and Syria. A contributor at Reuters, The Daily Beast, RFE/RL, elsewhere.
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Ukraine Liveblog: Day 2 of The Battle For Maidan

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The regions are exploding
2131 GMT: Is it hyperbole to say that Ukraine is nearing a civil war? Maybe, but you’d never know it from watching Youtube. The fact is that the western regions ARE exploding:
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Ukraine's currency plummets
2115 GMT: The main reason for the start of the unrest in Ukraine is not just the desire to be part of the European Union. At a deeper level, the economy of Ukraine has been struggling. Those who joined the Orange Revolution 9 years ago wanted a better life, but it was the economy that was driving anger at the political system. This is why the supporters of EU integration wanted to join the EU – they see EU membership as the route to a stronger economy, and they see a corrupt political system as an obstacle to both a better economy AND EU integration.

 

With all that said, the fact that Ukraine’s currency is plummeting won’t help the prospects of a swift recovery any time soon:

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Ukraine fires its top General
2108 GMT: Ukrainain President Viktor Yanukovych has fired his top general, Mikhailovich Zaman, from his roles as the Chief of the General Staff and Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

 

What is this about? Earlier, the Interior Ministry declared that the military would be engaged in an anti-terrorism action that would have allowed them to search, detain, or arrest activists. Speculation is that Zaman refused to carry out the order.

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Fireworks continue...
2031 GMT: The water cannons are intensifying, and there was just a large fireworks barrage fired by protesters. It’s unclear whether that signifies another police assault, however, as it is relatively calm. Riot police, as always, are staged just outside the shadows of Maidan’s fires, so an attack is always a possibility.

 

fireworks in maidan

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The first light

0445 GMT: It is nearly morning in Maidan:

almost morning

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