Will Ukraine Be the Next Yugoslavia?

The escalating standoff between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and radical protesters is threatening to turn a nation of 46 million people into another Yugoslavia.

When children released white doves on St. Peter's Square as part of Pope Francis's prayer for peace in Ukraine on Sunday, the birds were immediately attacked by a crow and a seagull. Facile as the symbolism may seem, it's an appropriate reflection of how dire the situation has become: The rising hostility between radical protesters and President Viktor Yanukovych is threatening to turn a nation of 46 million into another Yugoslavia.

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