The Heritage Foundation’s Peter Brookes reports discouraging news from the Ukraine:
Two years ago this week, crowds of 500,000 or more - many draped in the orange of pro-West Viktor Yushenko’s Our Ukraine party - started gathering in Kiev’s Independence Square to protest widespread voter fraud by pro-Kremlin presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich. The Orange Revolution’s peaceful civil disobedience led not only to the election’s invalidation by Ukraine’s Supreme Court, but to Yushenko’s election as president in a December runoff.
But, two years on, Yushenko is faltering - badly. Economic growth tops 6 percent, but he hasn’t provided decisive political leadership, advanced integration with the West or implemented a domestic-reform agenda beyond slogans. His approval ratings hover around 10 percent.