Revolução Laranja perde
Rainer Hachfeld, «Neues Deutschland»
Com os votos contados parece haver pouco lugar para dúvidas que o candidato pró-Moscovo, Viktor Yanukovych, derrotou a sua antiga rival na Revolução Laranaja, Yulia Tymoshenko nas eleições presidenciais da Ucrânia. A UE, através de Catherine Ashton, reconheceu a validade das eleições, tornando a possibilidade de contestação dos resultados por parte da Sra. Tymoshenko mais difícil. No entanto esta ainda não reconheceu o resultado e tudo ainda pode acontecer como escreve Richard Galpin da BBC.
Christian Caryl, na Foreign Policy, escreve que a vida continua e que revolucionários de 2004 apenas têm a si próprios a culpar:
[…] First of all, let’s get one thing straight. Ukrainians were absolutely correct to stand up and defend their democratic rights back in 2004. Yanukovych and his party were guilty of egregious election fraud. Moscow supported Yanukovych so openly, and so brutishly, that some Ukrainians presumably ended up voting for his opponent out of sheer spite.
But let’s face it. The record since then hasn’t exactly been an exercise in the glories of Ukrainian democracy. No sooner had Yushchenko and Tymoshenko achieved power (as president and prime minister, respectively) than they began to indulge in a feud that essentially paralyzed Ukrainian politics for the rest of Yushchenko’s term. The result was a long list of non-accomplishments. Kiev-based commentator Mykola Riabchuk, an ex-supporter, ticks off the list: “He failed to bring Ukraine closer to Europe,” thus frustrating one of the central demands of the Orange demonstrators. “He failed to separate business and politics” — another key disappointment for a country where a tiny group of business tycoons wields power constrained only by their competition among themselves. No sooner was the new president elected, Riabchuk notes, than he appointed several of his oligarch supporters to ministerial positions. […]