REEEC Faculty Affiliate Carol Leff on WILL’s “Focus 580” to Discuss the Ukrainian Protests

Carol Leff (Associate Professor of Political Science) was on WILL’s program “Focus 580” on Tuesday, February 11, along with Ukraine native and Illinois law student Iryna Sukhnatska, to discuss the protests and current political situation in Ukraine.  The following is a re-posting of the content on the program’s website. To view the original web page and listen to an audio stream of the broadcast, please go to this link:


Civil Unrest in Ukraine

Thousands of protestors have occupied Ukraine’s Maidan square in Kiev since November when President Viktor Yankovych refused to sign a trade agreement with the European Union. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the unrest in the country.

Protestors with demands of European values in Ukraine. November 26, 2013.

Protestors with demands of European values in Ukraine. November 26, 2013.

Anti-government protests in Ukraine have continued to escalate since November with tens of thousands of protestors gathering in Kiev’s Maidan Square throughout the winter. Crowds are now calling for President Viktor Yanukovich’s resignation.

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Associate Professor of Political Science Carol Leff about the protests and about what’s ahead for the country. Iryna Sukhnatska, a law student at the University of Illinois who immigrated to the states from Ukraine in 1999, also joins the show. Some of her family has been protesting, and she says it is hard to watch the violence play out from afar.

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