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Chaos in Ukraine Is Making Putin Stronger

  • Confidence vote was cynical `coup' bid, coalition party says
  • Ukraine risks implosion if crisis not resolved, analyst says
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Two years after Ukrainians shed blood on the streets of Kiev to crush a Kremlin-backed kleptocracy, the country of more than 40 million people is back on the brink of failed-state status.

The government’s long descent into chaos reached a new nadir this week, when amid reform delays and a cacophony of corruption claims President Petro Poroshenko sought Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s removal in parliament, only to be rejected by a majority that included two dozen members of his own bloc.