This is a guest post by London-based Anthropology student Alexandru Ionescu
In today’s world, a world where the international community and the relationships between States are governed mostly by economic ambitions, we witness the fact that modern governments have not overcome their Machiavellian political reason in which the ends justify the means. This situation is most obvious in the ever-evolving relationship between Russia and the West.
After the ousting of Ukraine’s last president, one which sustained and nurtured a favourable relationship with Russia, the international community witnessed not only a divide between Eastern and Western Ukraine, but also a dived within itself. The ousting itself was very violent, with reports of snipers killing people on both sides and allegations that it was orchestrated by the West, the USA specifically. Assuming that the West was politically involved in replacing Yanukovych , it did so to benefit the people living in Ukraine, an ex-soviet country with a poorly developed government and an infantile democracy riddled with corruption. However, the polls at the time indicated that there is an ideological divide within the country: the western Ukrainians supported closer ties with the EU while the eastern Ukrainians supported the continuation of favourable relations with Russia.