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    Certainly some of the extreme right wing types did not accept the agreement and yes by February the 'revolution' had won over all the local Government and law and order forces not only Western Ukraine but in Central Ukraine and in Dnipro (as it is called now) and Kharkiv; the main reason being the January 16 'Dictatorship Laws'. I was mostly in Western Ukraine at the time and did not get to Kyiv - except for some brief visits - until the 22nd Feb. The Lviv Berkut arrived in Kyiv on the morning of 22nd and I in the evening. I was there on much of what happened in Western Ukraine and it was not so much "capturing" Government buildings - there was some shouting at times but very little violence - I never saw any violence myself but some did happen - it was more of a getting them not to arrest everyone problem. Some of them obviously came over to our side but none were prepared to fire on their own people thankfully and either ignored or helped with the protest movement.

    From my point of view at the time - when I did not know what I know now - Yanukovych had already lost. We had Kyiv blockaded almost - prices rose 15% in February in Kyiv. Signing the 'agreement' was his last option to have any say. I did however say to a friend the night of the 21st that I would not be surprised if he ran - and we had people watching the airports already. What made his position untenable in my view was the killing of the "Heavenly Hundred" on the 20th. He could never really be feasible after over 100 people had been killed in a day in central Kyiv. How could he answer the questions about it? He had decided to run to Donbass before he signed the 'agreement' most likely.

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    Yanukovych reminds me of Mugabe; a kleptocrat who underestimated* the willingness of anyone to die for his regime once things got close to civil war.

    *And a lot of other people, granted.

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    Mugabe had more spine but the bigger they come the harder the fall is always true; Sic semper tyrannis.

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