Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | buzz
A lot has happened in Kiev since the last time we spoke with New York Times reporter Andrew Kramer. Back in December, we heard about hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians in the streets to protest President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to spurn closer ties with Europe. Much of what Kramer described at the time may have sounded familiar to those familiar with the Wisconsin protests of 2011: citizens occupying government buildings, police efforts to ban cooking utensils or other items that would prolong their presence there. Since then, though, the situation in Ukraine has grown more volatile. Police and protestors have clashed violently in the streets, the Ukrainian government banned protests, subsequently reversed its ban, and Yanukovich has fired his prime minister, Mykola Azarov. And still the protests continue. Andrew Kramer is currently in Sochi, but has been covering the Ukrainian uprising since it began. He joined the Monday 8 O’Clock Buzz on February 10, 2014 with an update.