|"Be European! Buy parking tickets!"|
Should Ukraine align itself with Europe? With Russia? Do its own thing?
The first political display of opinion to show up in Kharkiv was this, about two months ago:
|"Independence 1991 - 2013. We remember, we love, we mourn."|
A few weeks later, the billboards spoke out:
|"EU association means an increase in prices." [depicts 19.99 uah becoming €19.99] "The Ukrainian Choice political party is warning you."|
|"EU association" [warning symbol] "The Ukrainian Choice political party is warning you."|
If you're late to the game, here's some good reading to get caught up. Or just use the dates as a timeline of what's been going down.
Nov 3: Ukraine's Risky Bet: An eventual new alliance?
Nov 11: Phantom Pain in Russia's Amputated Limbs: Russia just won't let go?
Nov 12: Ukraine, a Chocolate Factory, and the Fate of a Woman: Poisonious chocolate? Or political pressure?
Nov 16: Waiting to See if Ukraine Tilts East or West: What will happen to Yulia Tymoshenko?
Nov 16: Epic Drama in Ukraine: Do Villains Turn Into Heroes?: Ukraine... as a Hollywood screenplay?
and then the President called things off...
Nov 21: Ukraine Suspends Preparations for EU Trade Agreement: Further delays?
Nov 22: From Facebook and Twitter to the streets: Ukrainians protest of ceased EU deal: #євромайдан, #майдан, and #euromaidan?
Nov 22: EU loses out on Ukraine, but may have dodged a bullet: Did it?
Nov 22: Politics of Brutal Pressure: What's going on behind the scenes?
Nov 24: Huge Ukraine rally over EU agreement delay A second Orange Revolution in the works?
And that's pretty much where things stand as of today, November 26th. The mayor of Kharkiv has banned all mass public gatherings, allegedly to try to contain a flu outbreak. Lugansk has outlawed all peaceful public protests until 2014. There's already been violence in Dnipropetrovsk. One blogger witnessed her students leaving school and taking to the streets in Kolomyia.
By the way, this is NOT about Ukraine joining the EU tomorrow- that's not what was on the table. What was being offered was a trade agreement.
So I put the question out there:
What do you think about Ukraine and the E.U.?
And here's what people (students and friends) said: