For years, politicians in Ukraine have been caught in a “Mexican standoff” - a confrontation in which no strategy exists that allows any political party to achieve victory. As a result, the parties have been forced to maintain a strategic tension that remains unresolved until some outside event alters the political balance. Such events in Ukraine are usually dramatic.

The last such event came in what initially looked like a liberal pro-Western popular revolt against corruption and red tape. I...

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