Politics 09 March 2014 205 1018
The fires have been put out in central Kiev and Ukraine's elected president has fled. But while some cheer the ouster of what they saw as a corrupt regime, others fear far worse from those who have seized power. The skeptics include many members of the country's Russian-speaking and ethnic Russian population. In Crimea, where ethnic Russians constitute a majority, many refuse to accept Ukraine's new leaders, especially the ones that venerate World War Two-era Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. As volunteers queue to defend Crimea from Euromaidan's victors, many are asking: does Crimea belong in Ukraine, or could it become part of Russia?