Nicolai Petro is a professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island. In 2013-2014 he was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Ukraine.
The terms “pro-European” and “anti-European” no longer serve as useful reference points in Ukrainian politics—the real issue in this election was war or peace.
Can the referendum results be interpreted in a way that allows politicians in both Kiev and Crimea to save face?
Unless the country embraces the ideal of cultural pluralism within one nation, crises like this one will continue to erupt.
All parties involved share responsibility for the failure of negotiations and the escalation of violence in Ukraine.