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A Pro-European integration protester builds a new barricade in Independence Square in Kiev, December 16, 2013.
A Pro-European integration protester builds a new barricade in Independence Square in Kiev, December 16, 2013.
(ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK/REUTERS)

CHRISTOPHER WESTDAL

Ukraine is stuck in the middle. Here's how we can help

With the whiff of civil war in the streets and the bank bailiffs at the door, it’s hard for Ukraine’s leaders to sustain sober perspective. But as President Viktor Yanukovych consults, pillar to post, with his predecessors, with opposition, business, church and civic leaders in a round table, with European Union and U.S. envoys, with China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin (who has just offered him $15-billion), he and all concerned ought to bear in mind the bigger picture.