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The real fight in Ukraine

It’s not about economics or grand strategy—Russia wants to snuff out democracy on its doorstep

Visitors photograph a stuffed lion at Mezhyhira, the estate of Ukraine's deposed President Yanukovych. Putin fears similar exposure. © Breandan Hoffman/Getty Images

Prospect has been following the situation in Ukraine closely since November 2013, when then-President  Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union. That decision ignited the “Maidan” protest movement. In this article, Chrystia Freeland explores the divergent paths taken by Ukraine and…

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