What Western Ukraine Stands to Gain From EU Association Agreement

What Western Ukraine Stands to Gain From EU Association Agreement
View of Lviv, Ukraine, May 25, 2007 (photo by Wikimedia user Lestath licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license).

Last month, in Brussels, Ukraine’s newly elected President Petro Poroshenko signed an association agreement with the European Union. This was the same agreement his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, declined last November, triggering mass demonstrations in Kiev, Yanukovych’s flight from the country and the ongoing conflict with Russia over Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions. Poroshenko pointedly signed the agreement using Yanukovych’s pen. While integration with the EU has long been unpopular in Ukraine’s contested east and in the Russian-annexed Crimea, the mood in the country’s west is far more enthusiastic. Western Ukraine, a loosely defined area centered on the major city of […]

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