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Ukraine’s Protesters May Soon Gain Power—and Regret It

Ukraine???s Protesters May Soon Gain Power???and Regret It
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Foes of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych appear ready to move off the streets and into the halls of power. Two key opposition leaders, Oleksandr Turchynov and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said today that they’re prepared to accept Yanukovych’s offer to form a new government, on condition that the constitution is amended to limit presidential power.

That would defuse the crisis that’s gripped Ukraine since November, when Yanukovych spurned a trade agreement with Europe in favor of a Russian aid package. But it’s now clear that an opposition-led government won’t get much financial help from the West unless it agrees to a painful economic overhaul.