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Monday, February 24, 2014

Next Few Weeks Will Be ‘Critical’ For Ukraine

People lay flowers and mourn anti-government protesters killed in the past weeks' clashes with riot police, at a makeshift memorial on Kiev's Independence Square on February 24, 2014. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

People lay flowers and mourn anti-government protesters killed in the past weeks’ clashes with riot police, at a makeshift memorial on Kiev’s Independence Square on February 24, 2014. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Mikheil Saakashvili, who served as president of Georgia after that country’s Rose Revolution, says the success of Ukraine’s revolution is yet to be decided.

The hard part comes now, and Ukrainians must move quickly in the next few weeks and months to secure real change and democratic reform, he tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson

Ukraine’s acting government today issued an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovych, in the aftermath of last week’s deaths of more than 80 people in clashes between protesters and police.

After signing an agreement Friday to form a unity government, Yanukovych fled the capital for eastern Ukraine, where he has a strong base of support. Officials say he has released his official security detail, and drove off to an unknown location.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.

Guest

  • Mikheil Saakashvili, former President of Georgia, and Senior Statesman at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He tweets @SaakashviliM.

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