Thursday, June 30, 2022

the last book I ever read (Andrey Kurkov's Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev, excerpt eleven)

from Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev by Andrey Kurkov:

Saturday 22 February

Yesterday afternoon, Yanukovych signed an agreement with the opposition, setting the expected presidential election for December and a return to the 2004 constitution, which limits the powers of the president and makes the prime minister the essential figure in the government. The witnesses to the agreement–the German and Polish foreign ministers–signed the document, but Putin’s representative refused to do so. Soon afterwards, in an interview, he described this agreement as ‘a worthless scrap of paper’.

And in the evening, much later, Yanukovych fled. He seems to have flown to Kharkiv with his inner circle. But where could he have taken off from? It’s a mystery. Boryspil is blocked by the Automaidan and the Maidanistas, and roads to the airport are closed. Maybe from Zhuliany?

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