"On February 22, the elected president of Ukraine was overthrown in a coup which was supported by the Obama administration."
Germany is having difficulty with its Ukraine policy.
This election is largely a contest of powerful business tycoons who made their fortunes out of the breakup of the old Soviet Union and the privatization of state enterprises that followed.
If you want to understand why our government is so worked up about Ukraine, a good place to start is with U.S. actions in Yugoslavia some 25 years ago.
The crisis in the Ukraine continues to be big news here in Germany, on front pages and screens.
Is the Russian occupation of the Crimea a case of aggressive expansionism by Moscow or aimed at blocking a scheme by NATO to roll up to Russia's western border?
In Russia the memories of the Nazi invasion of 1941, of the war that followed and of the activities of local Nazi collaborators, including Ukrainian ones historically linked to the present crowd of extremists in Kiev, are strong.
Broader issues than Ukraine are at stake; like it or not, the United States can benefit from a cooperative relationship with Putin's Russia.
Demonstrators in Kiev and other areas of Ukraine have apparently succeeded in ousting President Victor Yanukovych from the presidential mansion.
Several European foreign affairs ministers are promising to help Ukraine obtain a loan from the International Monetary Fund.