As is being widely reported in international news, Ukraine is currently in turmoil. It’s always important to know what’s going on in the world / your continent, even if it doesn’t directly affect you, but the national news doesn’t always explain situations clearly, and if they are as fast moving as Kiev right now, it can quickly become impenetrable. The BBC‘s article “Why is Ukraine in turmoil?” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25182823) breaks it down simply.
In basic terms, President Viktor Yanukovych‘s government has favoured stronger ties with Russia over becoming closer to the European Union. Ukraine is not currently a member of the European Union, although there has been a long-lasting desire to integrate. Peaceful protests in the centre of Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, have since turned very violent, with the latest figures estimating 100 deaths since the violence broke out. The situation is ever-changing, so follow bbc.co.uk or cnn.com for the latest information.