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Should Ukrainians Have Ousted Their Democratically Elected Leader?

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What risks does Ukraine face by overthrowing its democratically elected leader? When does a foreign country receive the right to interfere in another country’s internal affairs? When do people have the right to overthrow their democratically elected government?

Introduction

In November 2013, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from a free trade agreement with the European Union (E.U.) under pressure from Russia. The agreement would have been an essential milestone towards full E.U. membership. While the Ukraine has long been pulled between western and eastern influences, polls show more than 50 percent of citizens would now like to get closer to Europe.

In response to the failed agreement, demonstrators took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev to protest Yanukovych, who they saw as blocking progress. The protests also signal an internal political schism, as protests were only active in the part of the country that did not vote for Yanukovych in the 2010 elections.

After a period of relative calm, the protests started again in mid-February, but this time they were much more violent. Rioting in Kiev has resulted in the deaths of more than 70 protesters, though actual numbers remain inconclusive.

Since then, President Yanukovych has fled the country for Russia and Ukraine appointed an interim president and prime minister. Although protests have calmed in Kiev, the real conflict has moved to the Crimean peninsula, where Russian troops have moved in to occupy parts of the region. The Crimean peninsula is home to many ethnic Russians who support a pro-Russian agenda. However, the minority Tatars who also live in Crimea are staunchly opposed to Russian influence.

Russian forces surrounded local military bases last week and ordered Ukrainian troops to disarm. These actions have led to standoffs with Ukrainian soldiers who have refused to follow these demands.

Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked Putin to retract his military forces and warned that “we are on the brink of disaster.”

The new prime minister also sought out help from NATO under a 1994 accord between the organization and Moscow that guarantees security for Ukraine. NATO ambassadors met in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.

Rebuffing calls to back down, Putin has denied sending troops into Ukraine, but said Russia has the right to protect its interests in the ethnically Russian part of the country. He has also said that Russian speakers in other parts of eastern Ukraine were under threat from the Ukraine’s new pro-Western government.

Now, Crimeans have called for a vote on splitting from Ukraine and rejoining Russia, prompting stiff opposition from international leaders.

Resource

PBS NewsHour video Crimean call for vote on splitting from Ukraine prompts international opposition

The Crimean Parliament announced a referendum on whether the region should join Russia or remain part of Ukraine, but the newly formed government in Kiev pushed back, calling it illegal.


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PBS NewsHour Extra video + blog Fresh protest violence erupts in Ukrainian capital
Fire erupted in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev this week and more than a dozen people killed in the latest anti-Russian protests that have embroiled the country for almost three months. >>Report from February 19, 2014

PBS NewsHour Extra video + blog Crimeans split over support for new Ukrainian government
Following the ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych after weeks of violent protest in Kiev, proposed new Ukrainian leaders were introduced to demonstrators yesterday. However, that was overshadowed by mounting concerns over Russian military moves across the border.

KQED The Lowdown post Seven Short Videos That Help Make Some Sense of the Conflict in Ukraine
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PBS NewsHour article Background Briefing: What you should know about the Ukraine crisis
An in-depth look at the crisis in Ukraine from Robert McMahon, editor at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • A_dag

    I think the Ukraine is doing the right thing by protesting. If a democratic country feels that it’s government isn’t representing the beliefs of the people then the citizens have the right to rebel. Russia shouldn’t get involved in the conflict because they are already being criticized about their policies on being gay. Unfortunately it’s unlikely that Russia would suddenly stop their involvement in the conflict. The US should definitely not get involved, because we’ve spent ten years fighting a war that wasn’t well justified and need to stay out do major conflict until we can get the budget under control.

    • Alton Barnhart

      @KqedEdSpace #DoNowUkraine I really don’t think America should get involved with this because it could easily start world war 3 and maybe even a red dawn.
      http://m.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26540602

      • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

        Why shouldn’t the U.S get involved? The Ukraine needs our help, and Americans,knowing how important freedom is should extend a hand and help counties in need. Their rights need to be protected and respected. We’ve helped countries before and have been successful like the Korean “war” the u.s helped south Korea against North Korea and were successful. This link will tell you more about the Korean war if you’re interested.
        http://history.state.gov/milestones/1945-1952/korean-war-2

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I agree with saying that protests are the right thing to do since they are a symbol for other countries that the people are tired of being oppressed and ignored and will not stand for this.

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      I agree with you here because It’s true that we shouldn’t get involved, and If the people don’t like the president then they have the write to throw him off the throne. We tried to Impeach two of our own presidents because we didn’t agree with them, Why can’t Ukraine do the same. Russia also has no need in this conflict as seeing they think they can take Ukraine back when really the’ll drag everyone into a bigger conflict.

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      I agree, Ukraine has every right to protest a leader who is biased in every way possible and allows the people of his nation to oppressed. Russia is invading Crimea and is the root cause for all of this strife, and that there has been many unjustified deaths in the east, but the U.S. being involved is a different story. The U.S. is using their political power to cause a pincher affect that is cutting off Russia from the world. In the end Russia will either have to give up o the conflict of be sanctioned off completely from the rest of the world.

  • JimmyT

    just starting

  • Lea

    A foreign country has the right to interfere with another country’s affairs when it affects their own country directly; for example, if it affects the country’s security, economy, or gas prices.

    • Teacher

      In that case, all countries should interfere since we are all globally connected. Our economy is affected by activities in other countries.

      • Jacob_W_Period3

        This is true But How is America directly affected by Ukraine wanting to impeach their president. So far America and many countries haven’t shown how Ukraine is affecting us here. if it was china or one of our allies then that can affect us. But really Ukraine won’t affect us in the way that will. Maybe if you consider us in NATO or the U.N then it involves us. But we are just the Nerds that feel like they can help win the game.

  • Alec Viera

    Asking what right does a country have to overthrow a “democratically elected” leader is like asking what right a young child has to physically defend itself from an adult who repeatedly abuses them, especially in this case… Yanukovych and Putin share so many political ties, it’s almost a joke to ask why a sovereign nation would revolt against the man who directly removes their ability to truly self rule and live democratically… If Ukraine’s government worked democratically, there wouldn’t be in conflict right now.

    #stepp6

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Alec,

      You bring up a great point, I like the analogy that you used. It really stood out and made a great point, to me. I also found it interesting that you said “If Ukraine’s government worked democratically, there wouldn’t be in conflict right now.” I think that this makes a great point as well. There are countries through out the world that claim to be a democracy but, actually don’t stand by their word. They may give the citizens a right to vote but, only have one name on the ballot. The leaders don’t follow the true meaning of democracy. I am not saying Ukraine is just like these other countries, but they could have some of those issues because of their president. Yes, they got the choice to elect President Viktor Yanukovych but, he is listening to what the people want and are asking for. Which, therefore, gives us the idea that the government of Ukraine is working as a regular democratic government should.

      With the government having these issues, you could see why the Russian would chose to invade the country now, when its weak.
      This link gives some more information about the conflict with Russia and Ukraine.
      http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/seven-reasons-why-russia-wants-keep-ukraine-all-itself-n33391

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. Everybody is saying that they need to overthrow their leader, including myself, but we don’t understand; it isn’t that simple. If they could just “overthrow their leader” they would’ve done so already. It isn’t something they can just “do”. If they tried, it would probably start a civil war, which is the last thing they need because they are already at their weakest point.
      Obviously, the government already has a ton of issues so Russia has found an easy target. Here is some extra information, on what is happening with the Ukraine and Russia.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pWtDF5-ddk

  • T.J.

    why did they do that in the first place

    • Landon Gregory

      Do you think a war is going to occur from this?

      • ChristineP_4BoydBence

        I believe if things don’t change there will be a war. How did WW2 start? Germany invaded and took over other countries (mainly Poland). They claimed to be “protecting them”. That is what Russia is doing right now with the Ukraine. If WW3 occurs, it will be harder to stop and knowing our government, we will either get too involved or we won’t do a single thing about it.
        http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/03/world/europe/ukraine-tensions/

        In the article above, it gives examples of how threats are going around and a war may not be too far away.

      • KayleeH_3BoydBence

        If this keeps going on its highly possible, the sooner it ends the better. A lot of wars have started with invasion and that is what’s happening now. The only thing I cannot understand is how this has been happening for thousands of year, people invade and wars take place, so why haven’t we learned a lesson of peace and just be content and friendly with the world around us.

      • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

        I do not think that a war will start because nobody really cares about the conflict anymore.

      • taylor shropshire

        It might but i mean most likely someone is going to get upset ands try to start something.

      • T.J.

        yes I do

    • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

      If by “that” you mean how did this conflict start the I can answer that.Putin the Russian president wants crimea to be a part of russia instead of the Ukraine.The majority of the people of Ukraine don’t want crimea to be a part of Russia but most of crimea wants to be a part of Russia.Putin is very persistent about making crimea a part of Russia. That is why they’re is so much conflict going on, Putin thinks he can do what ever he wants and is practically bulling the Ukraine and trying to claim crimea. I think that Ukraine should just tell Putin to crimea river. ha . Anyway this cartoon below shows that what i was saying about about Putin or Russia practically bulling Ukraine and wanting to take crimea from Ukraine.I hope this was helpful to you.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      Ukraine overthrew their ruler because they didn’t believe the decision made by their leader. On 24 August 1991 the Ukrainian parliament adopted the Act of Independence in which the parliament declared Ukraine as an independent democratic state. Since Ukraine is between Europe and Russia, there is a part of the country who supports Russia and part who want to join Europe. The leader just declined a deal that would bring Ukraine closer to Europe so many are protesting, but most of these protests are in the West part. Thats how this politically divided country came into this situation.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      If you mean why the ukraine overthrew it’s democratic leader, it’s because they weren’t happy with him. The Ukrainians should be able to overthrow their leader if they want to. He didn’t do what the majority of the country wanted, and he didn’t keep his political promises from his campaign.
      As for the issue with Russia, the Ukraine is essentially being manipulated into becoming a part of Russia again.
      This political cartoon illustrates how the Ukraine desires to be a part of the European Union, while Russia is holding it back.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      Russia invaded Ukraine for their resources.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      Russia invaded the Ukraine for resources and power. With Crimea seized, Russia would rise in power, size, and population. Therefore gaining recognition on a global status and have free will with the land. Ukrainians ousted Oleksandr Turchynov because they where not pleased by what he was doing for them.

      Here is a link about what the U.S. is doing about this:
      http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ukraine/

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      T.J., Ukraine overthrew their president because he was going against what they were wanting him to do. Ukraine wanted to grow closer to the U.E. and the president is letting Russia slowly take control over Ukraine. (Going against what the Ukrainians are wishing). Also, Russia invaded Ukraine for their resources. To get to the point: Ukraine was not happy with the president.

  • caciliya c.

    I think the Ukraine does have the right to over through their democratic leader. They are a democratic country and should have the right to over through the democratic leader.

    • Jae Hun

      I agree, they do have right to throw their leader because it is a democratic country, but I believe that there will be a war because some people will be against it.

      • Forrestofthetrees420

        If you haven’t been paying attention, Ukraine is basically a war ground anyways. Ousting their leader was the best option to get away from the old Russian traditions and values. They have a chance to become a democratic country, with freedom and independence. But, keep a close eye on all of this. Because what is happening now is definitely not anything peaceful. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26302572

        Just to keep an eye on it…

        http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/03/world/europe/ukraine-tensions/

        and just to show what their, “mothercountry” is actually doing for them.

        • Kyle_C_3boydbence

          I would agree with but a lot of the Ukrainians have Russian heritage and most of them probably will not be willing to give that up. And on that note most of them probably love russian and there is probably majority would be willing to go back to Russia if they got the chance just because they were probably raised there and family most likely lives there.

        • Luke_A_Period3

          The problem with your statement about Ukraine getting away from Russia is that 1) Ukraine is next to Russia 2) Ukraine and Russia share a port on the peninsula 3) Part of Ukraine closely relates to Russia, and does not care if they are annexed.

        • CarlosR_3BoydBence

          There are many problems with your statement there. Yes, Ukraine is basically a war ground. Yes, they ousted their leader, but many people of the country share Russian heritage and culture. Also Ukraine is wedged right in between Russia and Europe, so there is no “getting away from” anything. The Ukrainian Identity crisis is causing instability all over Europe. According to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4vPVjZNlzo#t=36 Russia has many ties with the country and it is figuratively split in half.

        • ChristianH_2boydbence

          Ukraine really is a country in strife right now. This is an extremely sketchy situation where Russia has taken control of a former territory and is holding the whole place hostage. The only thing that Russia is doing is cutting their nose despite their face by staying in Crimea. They are not trying to keep peace they are simply on the edge and people do not wish to cause anything. But keeping to international law and keeping away from Russia will boost their country extremely economically and within the world. Their “mother country” is simply hurting them and will soon be backed into a corner. Let Crimea go or Be sanctioned off completely.

      • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

        There are many reasons that a countries citizens are turning against their own country. It must obviously be pretty bad to cause something like this. I think that when a country is under such cases like this it would be the best idea to go against their leader. In an article it states “Russia is trying to get closer to Ukraine”. I have said in other posts, that if the country is being threatened then it should be allowed for their own people to go against them. For the WHOLE country to go against the leader, then there must be something wrong.

      • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

        Yeah I think that having another war similar to the WW’s because many people of Ukraine have different opinions about the conflicts.They have already had so much violence people beating up each other in their own streets because some people are for their leader and others against. it’s getting very out of hand is happening very often even as we speak.To conclude I agree with you that a war over this is very possible.

      • JacobG_2_BoydBence

        I agree, Yanukovich had to see something coming otherwise this would have been a more organized overthrow and not what is happening now. Everything russia is doing to stop the madness is not helping what so ever things like these will only be making things worse..

      • Tclark-2boydbence

        Jae Hun,

        Because Ukraine is a democratic nation I agree they had the right to take Yanukovych out of office. They voted him in, they can take him out. There already is major violent conflict going on in Ukraine. This picture was created showing Independence square in the capital city of Kiev before and after the violent protests and conflicts. The root of some of this conflict is the divide in the people and the culture. This Link is to some maps showing the differences between the people of Ukraine including the map below.

        http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/02/world/ukraine-divided/?iid=article_sidebar

      • AlexW_2boydbence

        I agree, Ukraine can overthrow their leader and they are most likely to see a war or at least a fight.

      • ColinB_3BoydBence

        I agree but i believe that most would not be against it, the war would probably be with other countries trying to take over Ukraine.

    • Landon Gregory

      What do you think would occur within the country if they overthrew their leader?

      • Guest

        I believe they would have a WW3. WW2 started by Germany taking over other countries to “protect them”. History is repeating itself. Russia is taking over the Ukraine to “protect them” and their leader is allowing it. Russia split up, the Ukraine is it’s own country now and it should stay that way unless the citizens say otherwise.

        • CarlosR_3BoydBence

          Russia isn’t trying to protect Ukraine… This is a repeating misunderstanding. They want to annex it if possible. Ukraine is a huge economical and military asset to Russia, with military bases, and oil pipelines. I don’t think this conflict could start WW3… It’s between 2 countries and thats about it. The E.U. signing was just a decision moved away from by Yanukovich. And I’m sure the U.S. government knows that it’s not wise to intervene with this matter. This video helps explain my point a bit https://www.youtube.com/watch?…. As for Landon’s statement, I believe that the people of Ukraine had a right to overthrow their leader. The people should be able to make political decisions.

        • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

          Russia is not protecting Ukraine, they are trying to take over it for their own resources. They say that they are protecting them to try and protect their own country. Im not sure that a WW3 would happen because more than 2 countries would need to get involved for it to be a world war.

        • taylor shropshire

          i disagree with you i think it would take more countries than russia just to start a WW3 and russia isn’t trying to protect them they are the ones against them.

      • ChristenW_BoydBence

        There might be chaos, but there could also be prosperity, if their leader was bad.

      • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

        I think they would struggle while they try to find a leader. They are already in chaos and that might just make them worse but it could also save them from their current situation.

      • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

        Landon
        Gregory asked What do you think would
        occur within the country if they overthrew their leader?

        I really can’t say but I know that there
        would most defiantly be more violence and blood shed in the country.
        I don’t know which side would win either. Thats pretty hard to say.

    • Rosa Chea

      I agree with you. The Ukraine should have the right to replace their leader as a democracy. They shouldn’t have to worry about other countries interfering in the democratic process unless they are harming the people in their country by using force.

      • CJ_Bute2boydbence

        I agree with you Rosa Chea that Ukraine should have the right to replace their leader. Since in the article it states,”Ukrainians were able to have their way which led into Russians occupying the Crimean peninsula.” Which means if they are able to have their way, then should be able to over throw their if they want to.

      • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

        I agree with you completely. Earlier, I said that countries would need interference when they are unable to help themselves or are threatened. Once again, I state from an article “Russia’s actions are dangerous”. This is a case that I would think requires the help from another country.

      • Guest

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        • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

          Im afraid a period is not a valid answer.

      • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

        I agree with you, Ukraine has the right to replace their leader by them being a democratic country but I do believe that they are an unbalanced country and the situation that they are in right now requires them to have a leader to sort of guide them through this…maybe they are not hurting people at the moment but they might start to.

      • PeytonP_4BoydBence

        I totally agree. Other countries shouldn’t interfere with the democratic process.

      • ClaireG_4boydbence

        I agree with you, Rosa. The Ukraine has the right to overthrow their elected leader and not have to worry about looking over their shoulder to see if another country is going to swoop in and try to involve themselves. If their internal affairs aren’t affecting other countries, this should be business that only the Ukraine needs to worry about.

      • SpencerH_4

        i agree other countries should only step in if harm to civilians starts to happen but until that happens the other countries should just let it play out but also step in sometimes if i starts to get atille outta hand!

      • ChristenW_BoydBence

        Yes, you are so right. There will always be bad leaders, so that is why it is important to have a democracy where you can kick them out of office.

      • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

        I completely agree, the Ukraine should be safe and without worry while they are sorting out their problems they shouldn’t have to worry about Russia taking them.

      • NWeix-1stboydbence

        Due to being a democracy, it’s fair to say they have the right to do it. The issues comes from them having done it so rashly, without thinking of how it could affect them, such as how they went to putin when russia came and he denied help.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I think they have a right too but I think they should not just throw the leader out so quickly. The reason behind that is that other countries will try to take advantage of the country, and when I say that I mean take it over into whatever that countries government is. Like if I were a country I would totally try to take it over when their government is not at its strongest and make it whatever my countries government system is.

      • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

        I agree, I think that the people should be able to throw leaders out if the people of that nation want them out but they need to do it in a more organized fashion other wise like you said they could become more susceptible to other countries.

      • lilliand_3_boydbence

        I agree with you because it may not have been the best idea.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      Caciliya, I have to disagree with you on this one. Them being a dictatorship shouldn’t overthrow their leader. Doing so then turns them into a anarchy, and also makes them more vulnerable to Russia, and easier to take over.
      They don’t have a government to protect them anymore.
      In any other situation, I can see how it might be acceptable, for example if their dictator was ruthless, and cruel, but right now, I just don’t think that the timing is very right.

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Caciliya C. that Ukraine does have the right to over their democratic leader. I looked up democracy in dictionary.com it say’s the,
      “Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme
      power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their
      elected agents under a free electoral system.” Which means you are not respecting the meaning of democracy if you over throw your leader. Also what’s the point of keeping this leader if the leader is breaking your country apart?

    • Jacob_W_Period3

      The entire thing around a democracy is that the president has limits and the people have the power and rights. If they think the president is hurting their country then yes they can impeach him. If A president is abusing his abilities then he might as well be a man abusing a child. The people if able should fight back. This would stop the president from being a dictator. Then all those rights are gone.

    • ChristineP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you because I believe this could start WW3. WW2 started by Germany taking over other countries to “protect them”. History is repeating itself. Russia is taking over the Ukraine to “protect them” and their leader is allowing it. Russia split up, the Ukraine is it’s own country now and it should stay that way unless the citizens say otherwise.

      • CarlosR_3BoydBence

        Russia isn’t trying to protect Ukraine… They want to re-claim it if possible. Ukraine is a huge economical and military asset to Russia, with military bases, and oil pipelines. I don’t think this conflict could start WW3… It’s between 2 countries and thats about it. The E.U. signing was just a decision moved away from by Yanukovich. This video helps explain my point a bit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pWtDF5-ddk#t=52. As for Cacilia’s statement, I agree that the people of Ukraine had a right to overthrow their leader. Whether or not a country is a democracy shouldn’t matter. The people should be able to make political decisions. Thats why there are on going riots and protests in Syria and Egypt.

        • Luke_A_Period3

          Russia is not trying to reclaim it either- they want to annex it into Russia, but they do not want to claim it.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree, the election and removal of a democratic society is all up to the people and if the people want the leaders out they should be out.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      caciliya c,

      I disagree with you. In the Ukraine constitution is says
      that Ukraine is a democracy, but the government has to be apart of the plan
      before it is put into action. It is also not right for Europe and Russia to get
      involved with Crimea because it is violation
      of international law. Crimea might have to get themselves out of this situation
      without the help from the United States or Europe.

    • Brandon Burlison

      Caciliya c,

      I disagree with you in the United states we also have the right to “overthrow our leader”, although we may not be able to just kick our elected leader out like the Ukraine did we can impeach them and have them removed from office which is the same process just the people don’t get to control the government afterwards.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      I completely agree. They elected him and they should have the right to overthrow him. It wouldn’t be the best idea right now though. They would have to go through the process of finding a new leader and that can be a bit rough and it might be even harder for the people during that because they will be getting less of their way.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you, but I still believe that this is not the greatest time to over through their democratic leader since they are pretty much in war with Russia. I agree that them being a Democratic country gives them the right to over through him but I believe that they could’ve picked some other time because now there is basically no control and there is nobody there to rile over them.

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree, the people do or at least should have the right to make their nation’s democratic leader step down. Especially if that leader has done something that was illegal or something the people really don’t like.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that the people of Ukraine have the right to over throw their leader. We too, in America have the right through impeachment. The problem with the Ukrainians is that they had no leader to step up and replace the former one. Now their country’s government is in a standstill. I believe all people have the right to fight for what is right but, you must also think about what will happen next.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, Caciliya. If they are a democratic country, like us, then they should be able to overthrow their leader. A good president/leader is someone who thinks of the needs of the citizens and for the country before their own. Although I agree with their decision, the crisis is becoming more and more desperate and this wasn’t the best idea now, because Ukraine is in a very delicate situation.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      I agree with you Ceciliya, if the country think the leader should be overthrown, they should vote for that. The only problem is again, there will always be someone that doesn’t like the leader and wants him kicked out.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. Since they are a democratic country, it only makes sense for them to be able to overthrow their democratic leader. But that isn’t the only reason they should be able to overthrow their leader. If they feel that overthrowing their leader will lead to ultimate happiness, then they should be able to overthrow their leader.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you Caciliya, if the country think the leader should be overthrown, they should vote for that. A good president/leader is someone who thinks of the needs of the citizens and for the country before their own

    • Luke_A_Period3

      I agree 100%, Ukraine has the right to do what they want to do, and the consequences that are brought about because of this are Ukraine’s problem because they made the decision in the first place.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you, they have the right so why not do it? What do you think about them being vulnerable or unbalanced? Do you think they should just kick out the leader and take the consequences? I agree with you, they have the right, they have the right to be happy or unhappy with their leader. Now looking at the bigger picture protecting themselves still needs to happen one way or another.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I do not agree with you. The majority of their country voted for him to be their leader. He made a decision they didn’t like, I get it. They shouldn’t be allowed to overthrow him because of it. There are other people who probably supported his decision and wanted him to stay as their leader, but now they can’t because a group of people who disagreed has ran him off.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      Caciliya, I agree, If the people have the power to put Yanukovych in office, then they should have the power to take him out. When a majority voted for him he made decisions the people liked, now he has made some major ones the people don’t like. The article says ,” President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from a free trade agreement with the European Union (E.U.) under pressure from Russia. The agreement would have been an essential milestone towards full E.U. membership.” It then goes out to explain while they have been pulled in eastern and western directions, 50% of Ukraine citizens want to be closer to the west. Him turning down the agreement rightfully angered a lot of people, especially because it was due to pressure from Russia. When he missed an opportunity so substantial it is understandable to overthrow him.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      I agree with you, if they are allowed to vote for him to be their leader, then they can overthrow him to make him leave. Ukraine is at a vulnerable state right now, the problem is Russia.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I understand that Ukraine has the right to overthrow their leader, just as the United States (another democratic country) has the right to overthrow theirs. But I don’t think it should be done because of one decision that wasn’t made. Recently, I’ve been using President Obama’s Obamacare as a relation. There are many complaints as well as people who don’t seem to be benefiting. But even though we may express ourselves and stage protests, we don’t see it as a reason to try and impeach the president. There is more than one reason to my reasoning. Obamacare directly effects the citizens, where as the trade agreement mainly affects relations and economy. We also know that throwing someone out of the presidential spot without a vice would lead the country to disaster. Below is a comical video that pokes fun at Putin and Obama, two of the biggest leaders right now, and both some what involved in my connections above.
      Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmIUm1E4OcI

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I completely agree with you. They have the right to overthrow their leader if he isn’t truly representing their voice. Although by doing this I do recognize that they are making themselves vulnerable to anyone who wants to take over part of their country, like Russia. Although Russia is trying to take over Crimea I don’t think that should be aloud. “Russia illegally invaded the Crimea in January” ( found on http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Borderline-views-Crimea-the-West-Bank-and-the-rule-of-international-law-345654 )They are breaking international law by invading Crimea and also trying to claim it as their own. Ukraine has the right to do what they want with their government, but no other country should be able to change it.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree with you they should be allowed to get rid of their leader. however, the consequences should be expected because of the lack of leadership.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      I agree with you. They gave the president the right to govern them, and they should have the right to take it away from him, even if it makes them vulnerable to major powers like Russia.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I agree with you. The citizens of Ukraine elected him to be their President because they thought he would be the best representative for them, and he failed his task. Because of this, they have every right to overthrow him and replace him.

    • ColeW_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. Since they are a democratic country they should have the right to overthrow democratic leaders.

    • SpencerH_4

      I agree if they didn’t want him to be the leader why did they make him their leader? and yes i agree they should have just been able to vote if they wanted him taken out of office!

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I agree with you, but I feel like they should be very continuous
      to what might happen. They should take small steps and only take him out once
      they have somebody to take charge after them.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree. They have the privilege to over through him because of his wrong doings. I also think that they should of had a back up plan before they did that.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I somewhat disagree with you. The question is “Should Ukrainians Have Ousted Their Democratically Elected Leader?” not whether or not they have the power to do so. While yes they have the power to, I don’t think they should have ousted the leader they chose in the first place.

    • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

      Yes they should have the right. If their leader is doing a bad job they should be able to get rid of him. We have impeached democratically elected presidents before.

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      They certainly have the right to kick him out, but wether or not it was a good idea is another issues. Now they have no leader and Russia as attempting to take their lands.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I think they should be able to kick him out, and if it benefits the citizens then they certainly should, but they are taking risks by doing so.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Caciliya, I completely agree. As a citizen of a democratic nation, you have the right and ability to overthrow a leader who is no longer a positive influence on the nation and its people.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Yes, they should have that right, but under what circumstances should that right be evoked? On the whims of the people or by an organized vote? Should a section or number of government officials have to consent? How shall the process be carried out? I agree with the statement, but in what way do you envision the process taking place? In addition, the question is “Should Ukrainians Have Ousted Their Democratically Elected Leader?” Even if they can and have the means to, there are some times where an ousting is by no means a good idea!

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      caciliya c. Said I think the Ukraine does have the right to over through their democratic leader. They are a democratic country and should have the right to over through the democratic leader. I don’t think that they have the right to over throw their government that they elected because it would be pointless to overthrow the government that they elected. Instead of violently overthrowing their government, they could just vote for new representatives.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      They absolutely have the right to impeach their leader, the United States has done the same thing in the past with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. If they think it’s the right thing for they’re country than they can do it.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      I agree with you. Ukraine does have the right to overthrow their president if he is not doing what the country wants him to do. He went against what the Ukraine wanted and fled to Russia.

  • Breanna R

    We as a country do the exact same thing , we end up trying to get other countries to be democratic but everybody is different w/ their opinions , but i think its okay for them to be like , ” Hey , be like us , follow what we believe in ” , and obviously give them reasons why to change their minds but they don’t need to start a war just because you have a different opinion , war is going to cause more problems and we have enough problems as it is . #DoNowUkraine

  • A. Hall

    I don’t think Ukraine shouldn’t have the right over their democratic leader but to me if my democratic leader backed down on a economy affair I would want to have a new one asap.

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I agree that messing up the economics of your own country merits a resignation because if you make a huge mistake, you should learn that it comes with huge consequences.

  • chue v.

    I don’t think Ukraine should go against their democratic leader. Its not a GOOD idea to go against each other.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      Simply stated but very well put! They did elect him into there government for a resin, what they reason is I don’t think I will ever know. But at the time they did know they wanted him in charge. Without having a governmental leader then there will be an outburst of chaos! Surely that isn’t what they want…

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I agree that citizens going against their leaders can be dangerous, but I think that if it’s what they want then they should be able to do it. After all, democracy is going with what the majority of the country wants.

  • trong y.

    If this happens, there will be a war. War is a serious thing. If a war has started, it will be hard to stop it.

    • Alton Barnhart

      I completely agree with that. It could easily start world war 3.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      I agree with you. “Ukraine appointed an interim president and prime minister.” Other countries could see this as lack of leadership and enemies could easily attack causing war.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      I agree with you. “Ukraine appointed an interim president and prime minister.” Other countries could see this as lack of leadership and enemies could easily attack causing war.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      i agree with you but the problem is also that their is a pipit in office and the could cause some serous problems too so it san all around difficult situation but war is the last thing that is need so i agree with you

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I agree with you and with the death of a soldier already because of it you have to think is he the first of many. A big problem of war is that if this happens russia has china to back them up. This could be the making of world war 3.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I agree completely we need to diplomatically solve this but Russia is taking the difficult route with putting troops within Crimea. It will be extremely difficult to find a diplomatic solution with Russia and we are at a tipping point. If Russia continues to invade Ukraine we could have a world war like what happened to start WW1 (Germany invading Poland). This will be devastating if we start another world war. With the WMD’s that we and Russia has this could be wipe entire countries off the map if we are not careful. This is why I believe we need to take a diplomatic approach to stop this from happening.

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree that it needs to be diplomatic, war is a horrible thing and with a country as powerful as Russia Ukraine really doesn’t stand a chance. I think that Russia is really trying to take advantage of them while they’re unstable.

  • trong y.

    It’s Jessica on Trong’s account
    I think it was wrong to start a civil war but if the government backed down and changes his mind I feel like the people have a right in saying what happens

  • Victor Herrera

    The people have the right to throw out their democratic leader when they see fit because they voted for or against that leader in the first place .They have the right if the people fill that their president is not representing them well . They also can trow out their leader if they see there leader is not doing a great job for the greater good of people .

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I agree, and he’s obviously not fit to make decisions. It surprises me that they haven’t done it earlier. This article says that “within a few weeks of becoming president, he sent out a very clear signal that this was not going to be a government of national reconciliation and that the people who had originally been in the Orange camp, and voted for him, would be disappointed.”

      Source: http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-02-24/where-ukraines-president-viktor-yanukovych-went-wrong

  • davidjenny

    Overthrowing the democratic leader could lead to civil war in Ukraine. I think we as a nation should help nations like this and give them advice before this sort of thing happens. We can lend guidance rather than interfere. But when civilian fatalities result from these riots, thats when we intervene.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree, but Ukraine’s president was overthrown because of not being a good president and leader to the Ukrainian people. It was a big risk to take for Ukraine, but they saw him as a unsatisfying leader who didn’t listen to anyone’s needs. I, personally, think it was a right choice for them to overthrow Victor Yanukovych. Ukraine has requested help from NATO, and I also agree that we have other ways to help, other than to interfere directly. Advice will go a long way rather than interference.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      The vast majority of people–about 70%–wanted to join the EU and, even if they didn’t agree with overthrowing the president, I imagine few would directly oppose it. I do agree that there will be consequences. So, all we’ve really done is shake our finger at Russia and make empty threats, even though Ukraine is breaking a NATO accord and the US is part of NATO. Our military is greater than Russia’s as it is, however, and if we and the other members of NATO were to join together, we could ostensibly go to war to eliminate these threats. Putin has a history of trying to control things which do not concern him (i.e. forcibly annexing Georgia), and he needs to be stopped.

  • William Cisneros

    By tossing out their Democratic leader, Ukraine runs the route of being open for other countries to take advantage of the lack of leadership in a very unbalanced country. As seen in the news, this has already happened with the occupation by Russia in the Crimean Peninsula. People have the right to overthrow their democratic leader when they feel that it would lead to the most “happiness”. In the US, we have processes such as impeachment to remove our leaders through a well thought-out procedure. Finally, foreign countries have the right to interfere with internal affairs when internal affairs turn into multinational affairs or even international affairs.

    • Kyle_C_3boydbence

      I completely agree with you but I think, in my opinion that it is not smart at all just because I don’t think they will see the consequences of doing that to their country. But I also think that US should kinda go into the country but not with any military of any kind just to kinda sit down and talk to the up rising leaders and say, “hey I think you really need to reconsider the possibilities and things that can happen and all the countries that will try to take control of you.”

    • madisono-2boydbence

      William,

      I agree that Ukraine is opening the door for other countries, like Russia, to take advantage of them because of the political state they are in right now. At this point it is reasonable to overthrow their leader, who had fled the country. By President Yanukovych, running away from his problems and Ukraine doesn’t make anything better, it only makes things worse. Now, to add on to the previous issues in the country, parts of Ukraine are being forced and threatened to join Russia, it’s like the snowball effect. For example, Crimea, a former Russian territory, that now belongs to Ukraine is being invaded by Russia, who is persuading them to secede from Ukraine and annex to Russia.

      This link talks a little about why Crimea votes for joining Russia, once again.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/16/crimea-vote-russia_n_4973122.html

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      William, I agree with you. Getting rid of their leader was a bad move on their part. Doing that just made them open for the taking. I also agree on when they should over throw their leader. When a community does this, they usually feel that it would be what is best for them, and the next generations to come.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      William, I agree. [In the link below]It leaves them wide open for other countries to dominate and plus the lack of leadership can lead to a lot of problems. Plus I also agree that the people of Ukraine should be able to take down their president. We do it to with the process of impeachment.

      http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/03/05/ukraine/

    • CarlosR_3BoydBence

      I agree with your statement completely. Yanukovich set himself up to be overthrown, and the people had the right to do it. With Yanukovich leaving the E.U. deal, and ebezzling more than $10 billion, the man had to have seen it coming. According to this article Crimea voted to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia. (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/world/europe/crimea-ukraine-secession-vote-referendum.html?_r=1) In my opinion, this is a good first step for Ukraine. With Crimea becoming a part of Russia there are only a few assets inside Ukraine that Russia needs to worry about.

    • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree by throwing out their leader in a non organized way then they are only making them selfs more susceptible to intervention and possible take over by other countries.

    • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

      I do agree with foreign countries should be able to interfere, but I do not agree with citizens should have the right to overthrow the leader. Yes, it does allow the citizens to be able to over run the leader that they think is not right, but if you recall all of the past times it has happened. Has it really planted a lasting “good” effect on the country? An example for foreign countries to interfere is that in an article it says,”Russia’s actions are dangerous and destabilizing”. I think this is when some countries should help and interfere when the country is threatened or cannot help themselves and needs the help of others.

      • KshitijK_2BoydBence

        I agree with you Daniel, foreign countries should be able to interfere if the troubled country needs it. Some countries like Ukraine are not too strong and old, they need help. But i think citizens should also be able overthrow their leader if they think he is not good, and only by vote. But the problem is there are always people that want to over throw the leader, so they need to figure out when they should vote to over throw and when not to.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point, but when Russia stepped in they were breaking international law. Had the Ukraine president just fixed the issues at hand none of this would have happened. Ukraine had the option to join the E.U, but Russia was pressuring them and thats what lead to all this.”In November 2013, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from a free trade agreement with the European Union (E.U.) under pressure from Russia. The agreement would have been an essential milestone towards full E.U. membership.” That lead to the protest, which then made the president of Ukraine flee to Russia, and finally lead to the situation in Crimea. Had he just accepted it then maybe none of this would have happened.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with you William. When you kick out the Democratic leader Ukraine is open to lets others take leadership of there country that is unbalanced. I also agree on the fact that they should be able to make the decision on when they want to over throw there democratic leader because they would feel that its the right time.

    • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you William, by kicking their leader out Ukraine its easier for other people to get into their country and “over-rule” them. They are also not able to make their military decisions and these decisions right now can be very important considering Russia has them under attack.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that the Ukraine is now in a state where other countries can come in and try to gain ground on Ukrainian soil. If you plan to overthrow your government there needs to be a person ready to take charge. With them being unready in that situation, they are now causing their government to be flipped upside down. The people deserve the right to gain what they deserve but with that comes the responsibility of knowing what steps need to be taken once the goal is achieved.

    • KshitijK_2BoydBence

      I agree with you William, by kicking out their Democratic leader, they are now vulnerable. They need a person to take charge and try to solve this diplomatically with Russia, and have NATO help. I think Crimea should go to Russia, because if they don’t it might start a bigger disaster. But all of this could have been prevented if they would have accepted the trade and have then figured out a way to deal with Russia.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. Once they overthrow their leader, other countries can easily invade and take over the country. I agree that a country should is allowed to overthrow their leader if their leader is causing them pain or depression.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with your statement because once they have overthrown their leader they will be vulnerable and other countries will try to take over. They should be allowed to take down the leader of that country if he isn’t doing what he supposed to for the betterment of there country.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you, I agree he should be able to be thrown out and I also agree that they are going to be a very unbalanced country. With that said what do you mean when you say “happiness”. I think that being happy with your leader is very important, but I’m confused if you think the same thing but overall I agree with you.

    • Tclark-2boydbence

      William,

      I agree. Ukraine had the ability to overthrow their leader, and that did put them at risk. However, that shouldn’t be the case. A country should not be able to invade and take over just because another nation is in an unstable period of time. Russia shouldn’t have interfered no matter the reason. At this point the world needs to focus on getting this specific conflict resolved by negotiating Russia out of Ukraine and then moving on to keeping countries out of each others business.

    • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

      William,
      I agree that overthrowing their leader made them an unbalanced country and that put them in a difficult spot. Although i do not agree that they should have overthrown their leader. He is the one who was elected to make decisions like this. They can be mad and disappointed at his decision, but they can not overthrow him because he made a decision they didn’t like.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree. People do have the right to overthrow their democratic leader when they thinks it’s best. Yanukovych did not have his people best interest at heart when he made the decisions he did.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      William,
      I agree that Ukraine had a right to overthrow their leader and by doing this they set themselves up for someone to come in and try to take control, like Russia did. I also believe Russia does not have the right to take control over the Crimean Peninsula and I found a political cartoon that I thought fit this situation perfectly.( found on http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/4335541-toying-market-60-million-consumers ) It shows Russia Trying to take part of Ukraine back since it was theirs many years ago. “The peninsula only became part of Ukraine in 1954 when Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev transferred it from the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in what was seen as a largely symbolic administrative move within the Soviet Union” ( found on http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/ ) But as you can see from the quote, it was given to them, Russia can’t just take it.

    • ColinB_3BoydBence

      I agree that If Ukraine is not happy with the dicissions that the ruler is making they would have the right to overthrow there government but also that would put them in great risk from other countries, so i think it would be a better choice to impeach there president instead of overthrowing the government. That way the government would still have control and other countries would not be trying to take over Ukraine.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree to most of what you posted. I understand that this lack of stable government leaves the door open to many uninvited happenings, including war and invasion. But when it comes to “happiness,” I’m not sure that throwing out a leader to get there is what’s best. In the United States, there are people who aren’t pleased with Obamacare, but no one is trying to overthrow the president. There should only be a legitimate reason to get rid of a political leader if they are purposefully interfering with the well being of the people in that country. Below is a cartoon further explaining my connection with the US citizens and Obamacare. I also agree with your last point, saying that when an issue becomes big enough, other countries are allowed to get involved.
      Cartoon: http://m.static.newsvine.com/servista/imagesizer?file=robtornoeE87CC54F-7A90-F59A-F496-84558F1CE351.jpg&width=660

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree with you. People do have the right to overthrow their democratic leader when they thinks it’s best. If they want to risk the fact of being open to other countries, I say to let them. I live in Texas, and imagining the fact that is mexico tried to take us over again, sounds absolutely awful. They have no right, and we have been free for years. We have a right to be free from them, and so does ukraine.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      William, I completely agree with you that people have the right to throw out their leader if they believe it will lead to “happiness” in the future, even if it will lead to conflicts. Look at the political cartoon below. The majority of Crimean citizens are in favor of joining Russia, but the powerful and forceful actions from Russia make many Ukrainians skeptical that doing so is right for their nation.

    • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

      This is absolutely correct. Ukraine has the right to overthrow their leader because he lied to all of their faces. That being said, Ukraine would be unstable without a leader. Russia is the last thing that they need.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree with you William. They Made the right decision by over their government because of what was said by their leader, and they wouldn’t be able to proceed there government without a leader.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you that other countries are going to take advantage of the lack of leadership in an already unbalanced country.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      I agree with this 100%. They can be taken advantage because of there lack of having there leader. The are unstable and will take a lot of trust to just let him back as there leader unless they throw him out again for some dumb decision.

    • ColeW_4BoydBence

      I totally agree with you William. Since their leader is gone they can be broken down even more than they already are. Based from the disruptive government the country already has.

    • ClaireG_4boydbence

      I agree that the Ukraine citizens have the right to overthrow their Democratic leader. The leader of a nation, particularly a democratic leader, is supposed to be the voice for citizens and make decisions that reflect the citizens wishes. If the citizens of Ukraine believe that Yanukovych was not abiding by these standards then they have the right to overthrow him. Regarding foreign countries holding the right to interfere in another countries internal affairs, I agree with you also.

    • SpencerH_4

      your right it leaves them very open to be attacked by another country. or not even another country but even a terrorist group could attack! because to them that just puts a whole lost more of power in their hands if they could own there own country then they would just turn into a communist country!

    • taylor shropshire

      I strongly agree. your first sentence makes a lot of since and if they are weak then people are going to try to take advantage.

    • Lawsonzper3boydbence

      I agree but I do feel like they should have the power to remove a corrupt leader even if they don’t have it in their constitution. They should be continuous because it could lead to bad things happening.

    • ChristenW_BoydBence

      Not if Ukraine makes some political ties to Europe. Then they will be under Europe’s protection, plus they can always get a new leader who is more open to ideas.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree completely. I don’t that they knew what was going to happen after they tossed out their leader. There are a lot of countries that will take advantage of their situation.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree completely. While they it could cause trouble they should be allowed to overthrow their leader. They elected him and if the want him out of power they should have the choice. If they think it will benefit them as a citizen and a nation they should definitely get their leader out of office.

    • CallieH_2BoydBence

      Yes, they have left themselves very vulnerable, but does that make it right? They have gotten rid of their democratic leader, but what makes it okay to come in and take over just because they ended up not liking the man? Now, riots went a bit far, I mean, death by trampling can’t be a pleasant way to die! Also, happiness is subjective. Everyone has a different definition. How do you make sure that a majority feel that way?

      I like how you worded that last sentence, but clearly Russia is taking this as like a personal issue. What would the guidelines for this be?

    • NWeix-1stboydbence

      I agree for most of it, cause as I see it, while they felt the need to kick him out for their sake now they are collapsing and russia is attempting to take territory, as shown in the video above as how it is attempting to persuade Crimean to join them

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I agree, this was not the best time to do this and now Crimea has been taken over by Russia. Once they threw him out they had to scramble together a government which in turn leaves it open to possible corruption if they don’t set up right further hurting them. They have lost Crimea and now we just have to hope Russia doesn’t try to further take over Ukraine because they may be trying to resurrect the U.S.S.R.

    • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

      William Cisneros said foreign countries have the right to interfere with internal affairs when internal affairs turn into multinational affairs or even international affairs. I on the other hand disagree with you. I think that foreign countries only have the right to interfere with other countries internal affairs when the United Nations votes and say that we are can interfere. After all, The United Nations were created after WWII to help prevent another such conflicts.

      https://www.un.org/en/aboutun/history/

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      William , I agree with you since Ukraine over powered their leader they run the route of being open to invasion. Yes, the article above does state that Russia did take the Crimean Peninsula away from Ukraine. But do you think that Russia is planning on invading Ukraine? Ukraine did have the right to over power their democratic leader but, do they realize what a mess they put themselves in? They dug a whole too deep and now they are trying to get out .

    • Brent_L_Per1

      I agree, I don’t think the people of Crimea understand how well they have it in Ukraine with the ability to have an impact on almost all political decisions. I feel like many Crimean’s will be disappointed in the lack of impact they have on Russia’s politics, and feel taken advantage of for their great strategical position.

    • MichelleS_3_boydbence

      William, I agree with you. You make a very valid point. Although it might not have been the wisest or safest choice for Ukraine to kick out the president, it is not right for Russia to want to take control parts of Ukraine such as the Crimean Peninsula. It is against Ukraine’s constitution for a part of Ukraine to just go off and join another country.

  • Victor Herrera

    The people have every right to throw out their democratic leader. Here is my reasoning the people voted for or against this leader in first person . They also if they see there president is not helping the common good of all-people they he/she deserves to be throw out .They also have the right if they don’t think he/she is doing a good job they can throw them out it is their right as a people to do as they want in a democratic country .

  • Brandon C

    As far as I know a democratically elected leader should only stay elected if the majority of the people find him worthy. The whole of point of democracy is to follow or at least honor the requests of the majority. If a leader has failed to follow those requests then an “oust” might be necessary. As for Ukraine, if the president did not take the requests of the people into account and enough of their citizens found him lacking, then yes he should be ousted.

  • Fiona Boomer

    Democratically elected leaders always face the possible outcome of ousting or impeachment, especially when lies and corruption are involved. Yes, Ukrainian citizens elected Viktor Yanukovych, but he has not kept his campaign promises. He has engaged in shady corruption, limiting the progress of the nation in the eyes of its citizens. The man they elected is no longer the man holding office, which gives them every right to oust their president. And even then, Yanukovych fled Kiev in complete terror. He took himself out of the game before the citizens even benched him. His return was unethical and uncalled for, making him look even worse. Not only is he afraid of his people, but he feels as though he must lie to them to secure his influence as president. He has banned Pro-Ukrainian propaganda as well as Western media in the Crimean Peninsula to keep the public misinformed under false pretenses. He has backed himself into a corner and deserves everything coming to him. http://www.npr.org/2014/03/11/288883502/ukraine-crisis-weighs-heavy-on-other-foreign-policy-issues

    • Tanya

      This is a really good point! This has happened to several presidents of the US. Excellent post.

    • jfk

      you are right. they should elect a new leader. he has not kept his promises. he has surely created more corruption in ukraines government and is asking for more trouble. we as the U.S should not get involved. by giving ukraine money we would be supporting corruption and because ukraine is in debt to russia we would also be supporting russia. this is something that we do not want to do because fo the soviet union. if we give money to them we have to give money to just about every country in destress. we as a country have our own economy to deal with. we cannot aford to support another falling economy. we dont have the money either way. we as a counrty cannot keep bailing everybody out. ukraine needs to figure out their problems on their own. in the following article it states that over 56 percent of americans think we shouldnt get involved majority rules in this country so lets not get involved.
      http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/03/11/Few-Americans-want-firm-stand-in-Ukraine-poll-says/UPI-25561394568181/

  • Shae Kapulica

    I do agree, I think as long as their a democratic country, Ukraine had the right to overthrow their leader. it is kind of a responsibility more than a right actually. But it will be hard to keep peace at that point! #stepp6

  • Landon Gregory

    I don’t think overthrowing their leader would help because it would just make things more unstable. So I don’t really know what they should do instead, just don’t overthrow the leader cause that would just cause mayhem. I don’t think Russia is doing the right thing by just barging into Ukraine anyways. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/11/ukraine-russia-crisis/6282849/

    • Miguel_A_Period2

      I agree that Russia isn’t doing the right thing, they’re doing the thing that benefits them and only them. Overthrowing the leader which did not listen to the people was, I feel, more of a symbol and sign to Russia that the Ukrainians will not stand for such an act.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Landon,

      I agree that Russia is not doing the right thing by invading Ukraine but, most of the conflicts are occurring because of President Yanukovych. The Ukrainian president disregarded the citizens’ input in the future of their country. At this point in time I believe that they should overthrow their leader. There is already so much mayhem and chaos because of President Yanukovych, that overthrowing him, yes, may cause the mayhem to increase a little but, it will help them in the long run. I believe that not much is going to change until Ukraine gets everything under control and back on track and to do that it may just mean overthrowing their leader even at a hectic time like this.

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      I understand that overthrowing the leader will bring problems but It’s easily worth it. Not only did he not listen to the citizens, but he also stole from the country. This article says that “His family may have embezzled as much as $10 billion.”

      Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/

    • MarkL_3BoydBence

      It’s a risk that the country should take. The leader was only causing problems of many kinds throughout his presidency. Also, it’s not a complete risk because there are also positives. For example, the same article you linked says that “The U.S. has pledged a $1 billion package of economic and energy aid to Ukraine and the European Union has offered billions more in assistance.”

      Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/11/ukraine-russia-crisis/6282849/

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Landon,
      I understand where you’re coming from. When I thought about if Ukraine should overthrow their president or not, I thought as well that they might become unstable. But at the same President Yanukovych is causing problems in their country. Since President Yanukovych didn’t agree to the free trade agreement with the E.U. there has been violence on the streets.

  • Tanya

    Yes, Ukrainians did the right thing by ousting their leader. Even though they elected him, he still didn’t represent the wants of the country. He didn’t listen to the population, and went his own way. It was good of them to replace them with someone who would represent the country. It wasn’t nice that the leader ran to Russia, and got the country into trouble, and entered them into a war.

    • Zach Johnson

      Well a war hasn’t broken out yet, it’s possible but hasn’t happened yet. Another thing is virtually the country was about even on the issue of who they were going side with and the President of Ukraine choose to side with Russia because Russia is pressuring Ukraine as shown by the troops they placed on Ukrainian soil. Russia is the doing this to make sure they get the money that Ukraine owes them and if they join the European Union it could become increasingly harder to get that money. Finally as for foreign interference this issue is between Russia and Ukraine, which means the European Union or the USA or anyone else should stay out of it until this issue escalates to war. Other countries should show support but through diplomacy not with soldiers unless war threatens you specifically.

    • Alton Barnhart

      I can understand that it’s the peoples vote but it could badly backfire easily.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I understand your logic, but I can’t say I agree with it. This uprising was caused by the lack of listening to the majority vote, I understand that, but the lack of government will come back to hurt them in the long run! Leadership is key in staying on track with everything. Without a government, there will be an outbreak of chaos. Ukraine’s decision was not supported on my end for sure.

    • madisono-2boydbence

      Tanya,

      I agree that at this point Ukraine did the right thing by in a way, overthrowing their democratically elected ruler leader. Yes, they were the ones who chose him to lead their country but, he did not stick to what the meaning of democracy is, and listen to what the country is asking for. He instead, did what made him happy which, in the end, did not benefit him nor his country. And now, he has fled to Russia which is just causing more issues for the people of Ukraine.

      This link explains where things started to go wrong with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
      http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-02-24/where-ukraines-president-viktor-yanukovych-went-wrong

  • Nikki J.

    When Ukraine has no leader, then things can get pretty messy pretty fast. Not only will countries, like the U.S. try and take advantage of the country, but it will take Ukraine years to build itself up as a stable nation after throwing out its leader. I believe that foreign countries have the right to meddle in affairs once the safety of that foreign country is compromised. However, if the country has no business to interfere other than selfish business interests, then they should stay out of the business of others. Ukraine will have to learn how to pull itself out of this. They have the right to overthrow their leader if it is not the best for their country, however they should be prepared to put a lot of effort into creating a stronger, and better nation so that this is not repeated. Overthrowing a leader causes a lot of turmoil and tension in a country and those relationships need to be repaired if the country wants to move forward. http://www.juancole.com/2014/02/president-overthrow-upheavals.html

  • Caroline P

    Over throwing their own democratic leader in Ukraine is harmful for their nation. Their lack of leadership is now incredibly evident, and they are now at risk of unbalance due to not having a democratic leader to guide them through this time of crisis. Just simply over throwing a leader is not the best choice for Ukraine considering that it leads to more difficult decisions than positive ones. Although countries do indeed have the right to overthrow their leaders, the way Ukraine went about it wasn’t necessarily healthy in their current situation. A foreign country can intervene when the affair is no longer just within one nation, but has instead spread over a multitude of nations and negatively affects the residents currently living there.

    • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

      I couldn’t agree more Caroline, Lack of leadership in their country will come back to hurt them in the long run! Uprisings happen when the people don’t feel that they are being listened to then they get insecure and lash out. I feel like this is the case here as well, the are just insecure and need to let this surge pass.

  • LJE4N

    I think that Ukraine was pretty divided on the agreement with the EU and that the prime minister did what he thought was best. The problem is that the side that wants Ukraine to draw closer to Europe is the side that shouts loudest and is the most radical. When the Ukrainians elected their prime minister, they gave him the liberty to make A decision for their country. I would have respected what the prime minister decided but I understand that many Ukrainians believe the prime minister wasn’t acting with the best course for Ukraine in mind which is ground for an impeachment. However, I believe rioting is never an appropriate way to go about eradicating a leader.

  • E C

    A foreign country should interfere in another country’s internal affairs when it has to do with their own country. If it doesn’t have to do with them, they shouldn’t bother with them because it’s not their problem. They should also interfere when another country is in danger.

    • brittneyd_3boydbence

      I don’t agree. I think that just because a countries problems doesn’t have to do with a foreign country, that they shouldn’t interfere. Most of a countries’ problems would affect some other part of the world in some way, wether it’s political or economic.
      For example, foreign countries shouldn’t have to stand by if the citizens of another country are hungry, thirsty, or sick. Just because it doesn’t affect them, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t interfere.

  • John Diep

    #DoNowUkraine/ A foreign country should be allowed to intervene with another county`s affairs if it really serious like genocide or physical abuse. However, some countries have their own rules and regards that limit other country involvement like the infamously North Korea.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      John, I agree with you. A foreign country should be allowed to intervene with another country when there is crime for political reasons and genocide. Ukraine overthrew their leader because there was crisis and he wasn’t the best leader for them. They did not have other options. They couldn’t leave so they had to overthrow their leader. Here is a website about the fight for democracy in Ukraine.

      http://techpresident.com/news/wegov/24827/fight-democracy-ukraine-conversation-center-uas-svitlana-zalischuk

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      John, I agree with you that a foreign country should not be aloud to intervene with another country’s affair. Unless the country requests assistance or help from another country . The link below has a video that states that russia did take crimea away and supposedly they aren’t planning on invading Ukraine but what do you think?

      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/russian-troop-movements-raise-concern-of-ukraine-invasion/

  • KENNETH CHAN

    The US government’s condemnation of Putin’s actions is quite hypocritical, as our country invaded Iraq, which was a sovereign nation with no responsibility for the terrorist attacks and yet they tried to justify it by claiming Iraq had nuclear weapons they never even had. The West’s current goal of removing Russian troops from the Crimea region is a lost cause as Russia refuses to leave and Ukraine refuses to let Crimea go. Ukraine can prevent further tensions by recognizing Crimea’s independence instead of continuing conflict by insisting the region stay with Ukraine.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      Good point. The West does want Russia to leave Crimea, but Ukraine refuses to let it go. Russia is indeed breaking international law. That is why the West is trying to stop Russia. Ukraine doesn’t like this anymore than the U.S.”Russian forces surrounded local military bases last week and ordered Ukrainian troops to disarm. These actions have led to standoffs with Ukrainian soldiers who have refused to follow these demands.” Had the Ukraine President stayed in office and agreed to the offer”In November 2013, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from a free trade agreement with the European Union (E.U.) under pressure from Russia. The agreement would have been an essential milestone towards full E.U. membership.” perhaps none of this would have happened.

  • http://www.coppellisd.com/newtech Danae Boyd_globalissuesBoydBen

    Russia is inserting itself into the politics of the Ukraine and specifically Crimea in an aggressive self-serving manner. Putin’s administration is looking to expand the borders of Russia reminiscent of the Cold War days. The involvement of Russia into the conflict in Crimea and the Ukraine is a violation of international law. It may be too late for Crimea based on the lack of help from the European Union and U.S. However, this cannot continue into Odessa or regions with cultural ties to Russia. History should teach us not to repeat the same mistakes, case in point Hitler’s aggressive annex of Austria in 1938, http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/triumph/tr-austria.htm. The world stood mouth opened, stunned, and watched until Hitler’s power was so immense that a World War was necessary to end the Axis empire. Putin’s actions of helping Crimea rejoin its Russian heritage is a violation of the constitution of Ukraine and we in the U.S. would not stand for Mexico annexing Texas, because of the close cultural ties, and the fact that it was taken by force from Mexico by the Texans in the first place.
    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.-George Santayana

  • Lindsay Tong

    Ukraine might face the consequences of an unstable economy. They also become vulnerable to other countries who might want to start war with them or countries who might just want to take advantage of them. Although the people of Ukraine have made the decision to overthrow their leader, I understand that Ukraine is a democratic country. If they are willing to put themselves at any possible risk, that is completely their decision. Whether this decision is right or wrong/acceptable or not acceptable, it really all depends on the society norms of the country; what the people and the government believe in. Besides, individuals were the ones who elected this leader. Shouldn’t they have known what they were dealing with? Then again, don’t they have the right to take him from office? I don’t think foreign countries should interfere with another country’s internal affairs. Unless these affairs are directly related or connected to the foreign country, it is not any of their business/responsibility.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      Not only that but the stuff happening in the Ukraine are not completely true, the results are influenced and falsified

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Lindsay, I agree with you that they may become vulnerable to other countries that could potentially take advantage of them but the Ukrainian people had nowhere to go. Their best option was to overthrow their leader whom they did elect, but some leaders don’t always follow the terms/conditions that they agreed to. It would be like
      someone agreeing to do something and then not hold up his or her end of the deal. You said, “…it really all depends on the society norms of the country; what the people and the government believe in.” so if the people believe in something and their leader isn’t sticking with it, the people will have a problem that leaving won’t fix. I don’t think that foreign countries should interfere with another country’s internal affairs, like you said, but if the government were
      to be harming the people for political reasons, other countries should be able to step in.

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      It’s absolutely other nations’ responsibility to aid other nations when they can. The United States is the most powerful nation in the world, according to mapsofworld.com, and Business Insider tells us that our military is the strongest worldwide. “Remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald. When we do keep this in mind, we realize that it is our duty, as more advantaged people, either as a nation or an individual, to help those with less advantages. We also must define what “directly related or connected” means. The US is part of NATO, and Russia is breaking a NATO accord by deploying troops to Crimea and attempting to annex Ukraine. Is that a direct enough connection for the US to begin to intervene?

    • Brandon Burlison

      I agree i feel like it is other nations responsibility to step in if the crisis at hand is going to greatly affect other nations economies because it will help everyone in the future, as well as keeping the world at peace, but i don’t believe that countries should take place in foreign affairs like the united states assisting in this crisis i believe that the surrounding countries should deal with the problem.

    • David_N_2

      That is very true. It is true that the Ukrainian people elected their leader, but here’s the catch: their president was “working” for the Russian president. Yanukovych wasn’t a real president doing what’s best for Ukraine. So yes, they had every right to overthrow him. It’s also true that their action will lead to consequences whether good or bad. They are vulnerable and unstable in their current state. They are on the verge of war if nothing gets better. To conclude this, I say that whatever Ukraine is going through, we must be ready to jump in and assist them at any given time.

    • DevonD_2boydbence

      Lindsay Ton I agree with you that Ukraine is open to countries taking advantage of them. They need to be aware what situation they are putting themselves in. Like it says in the article ” The protests also signal an internal political schism, as protests were only active in the part of the country that did not vote for Yanukovych in the 2010 elections”. Even if they did or didn’t vote for Yanukovych there opinions could still change.Besides that I agree with the fact that other foreign countries shouldn’t bud in. Unless that foreign country is related to whats happening or is asked to come in and help.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      I argee with you Lisdsay Ton Ukraine is at a point in time were its easy to take over. But in the article it said working” for the Russian president. so wither wayRussia could take over and there would be a war Ukraine needs to elected a leader who will represent them

  • JimmyT

    #DoNowUkrains. I think a foreign country recieve the right to interfere another countries affairs when the countries are doing something that are affecting other country’s politics and security.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I think that we should wait, until they actually ask for help. If the situation worsens, I think that we need to interfere, whether they like it or not.

  • Shirley Mei

    A foreign country should receive the right to interfere in another country’s affairs when there is a crisis that can affect the world’s economical, political and social standing. Because of globalization, nearly every event that happens in one place someway or another affects the rest of the world.

    • ESigler-2boydbence

      I agree with you Shirley. Other countries have the right to interfere with another countries affairs when it affects us. For example I think that the U.S. has a right to be involved with this affair because Russia is one of our biggest enemies, and we do not want their empire to grow. Also I agree that everything that happens in a country effects the rest of the world, one way or another.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      As the undisputed superpower of the world, we have the right to interfere in the political affairs of other countries. Many of our international interventions have brought stability and progress to other nations. Like when the U.S went and helped Texas and also fought the Granada war.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      Shirley Mei

      I disagree with you. As it said in the video, “It is not if
      there is an attempt of splitting separating or worse of capturing Crimea it
      will no be inline with national law. Ukraine is Ukraine and it is all of Ukraine.”
      They all ready set a date for there to be a vote, but this is against national
      and international law. Even though Ukraine has a democratic government it
      violated these laws and Crimea should stay with Ukraine instead of moving over
      to Russia.

    • David_N_2

      I agree, but I have more to add.
      Not only should a country intervene with another country’s affairs if it effects that country, but also when the cruel acts have reached an inhumane level. By that I mean if anyone is being tortured or abuses beyond imagination. A good example of this is with Syria not too long ago. Syria was using chemical weapons upon their people, and Obama then intervened by shooting missiles at them to “teach them a lesson”. Just to say, a country has the duty to help any nation if things are starting to get out of hand.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Shirley,
      You make a good point, that I had not considered yet. Most of the time, other people’s problems are going to end up being your problems as well if you’re associated with them. Unless I misunderstood, I believe you were saying America should support them, and in that case I agree.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree that everything affects everything in a way, but if all countries viewed it like this, it could be extremely dangerous. If the United States decided that the way a country across the world was running their economy would eventually affect our gas prices and went to interfere, things would go into pandemonium. It takes a lot more than being affected by a country for you to have the right to interfere with them and the future of the country.

  • Sierra Spring

    Being able to overthrow their leader is what keeps them Democratic. If they didn’t have the ability to do so, I would think that much worse would happen. If their leader does something so terrible; they have the right to chose someone else who is more capable. If dictators around the globe were all over thrown, then I think there would be a lot less issues.

    • Lukep_3boydbence

      You make a good point, by overthrowing their leader they just made matters much worse. Before it was just protest but now they have got more violent. They do have the right to choose someone else, but in the way that they did it wasn’t the best.”Since then, President Yanukovych has fled the country” Don’t make him flee the country. Convince him to hear you out and make a decision that the people like.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      Sierra, I totally agree with you. It’s a Democracy, what’s the point of being one if you don’t follow the rules for being a Democracy. They want to be independent from Russia, and if the president is doing something that is wrong with Russia. The people have the right to impeach him. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/) But my question to you is if you kick out a dictator how would they have a lot of issues?

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      I agree wholeheartedly with your first point. I do, however, have questions regarding your statement that there would be fewer issues if dictators around the globe were overthrown. If that were true, other nations would have intervened in places like Cuba, where people are ruled by a dictator. If you were to knock out a nation’s political system, especially one that had been around for that long, its people would be left floundering for some time until they were able to establish a new government. Under the assumption that you’ve taken a US history class, I’m sure you remember how poorly the government was initially set up under the Articles of Confederation, where the federal government had no power and there were no guidelines for the states. It might abate some of the humanitarian issues, but completely changing a nation’s political structure could turn things for the worse. Just look at Egypt.

    • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

      Sierra, I agree with you that the people should be able to overthrow their leader. People don’t always stay
      true to their word and if their leader is veering from their word then the people should be able to stand up for their rights. I understand where you’re coming from when you are talking about the dictators being a problem, but I don’t think it would make the problems decrease very much by overthrowing all of them. This website below talks about the dictatorship and the problems in Ukraine. A quote from the site is, “Today a dictatorship fell,” Tymoshenko told tens of thousands of supporters on Kiev’s Independence Square, the scene of the worst fighting last week. “A new epoch has started — an epoch of free people, of a free European Ukraine.” There are still problems, maybe more, from the dictatorship falling.

      http://www.thejournal.ie/ukraine-flee-1329449-Feb2014/

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree the actions that they do depends on what they are. When something that bad goes terribly wrong it need to be fixed and whatever extent they must go to.

    • David_N_2

      I agree. That is what being a democracy gives you the right to do. If your president is not doing what is best for the interest of the country, then the people have a right to expel that president. Keep in mind that kicking out your president leaves you vulnerable to many things such as invasion. Even though they have overthrew their president, they should elect a temporary or an actual one as soon as possible but carefully. Ukraine should be cautious because this is a very unstable situation that they’re in.

    • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

      I agree with you that being a democracy proves the the point of letting the people choose who they want their leader to be. If it weren’t for the Ukraine being a democracy the former president wouldn’t have stepped down. Thus, creating more riots and protests in the streets complied of the people who didn’t agree with him. By overthrowing the government they succeeded in their goal but they also hurt the country’s circumstance. Removing a leader from power needs to be done with precautions and planned out efficiently in order to keep the country’s balance intact.

    • Riley_R_1BoydBence

      I agree with you. They need to overthrow their leader so nothing worse will happen to Ukraine. If they don’t overthrow him, then worse things are to come.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      Sierra,
      I agree with you. America has impeached two presidents ever (Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton) for various reasons, and that’s part of our government. The people are also the government. The only difference would be that no one tried to invade us afterwards. They should be allowed to do whatever they need within their lawful rights to ensure they are as happy and safe as they can make themselves. Other countries should not be allowed to interfere.

    • IsabellaV_3boydbence

      Sierra,
      I agree with you about how Ukraine can overthrow their president. As a democratic country, they have the right to do it. If the president isn’t doing his job and making it worse, then they need to overthrow him. If they do overthrow him, then there might be less riots, protests, and violence. Here is an article showing all of the violence happening on the streets of Ukraine. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/21/world/europe/ukraine.html?_r=0 But Russia might take the opportunity to come invade Ukraine.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree. If their leader doesnt do anything to help Ukraine they should be able to overthrow their leader and i also think they need to overthrow their leader so nothing gets worse.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      I agree with you. But in North Korea, the people has no idea about the outside world. They think they have it best. But it is not true, the dictator of North Korea has an iron fist over what they see and hear. And, it is not easy to overthrow a dictatorship. In the egyptian protests there were, 846 people killed and over 100,000 injured. Freedom costs alot.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I agree with you that if there were no dictators around the world it would be more peaceful, but this is not realistic. Not only is it extremely difficult for a dictator to be overthrown, but due to allies and people who support those countries, countless wars would be started. Although yes, they should have the right to have a new leader, it should be done in the way a democratic government is supposed to due things, at the next election.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      Sierra, I agree with you that the people should be able to overthrow their leader. This website says dictatorship and the problems in Ukraine. A quote from the site is, “Today a dictatorship Ukraine should be able to over throw there leader if there leader is not representing them anymore.

  • JayWolf

    I think that the minority should not be allowed to kick their president out only through fair democratic channels should they dispose of their leader, they shouldn’t rule by mob just because they like Russia better.

    • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

      JayWolf, I disagree. They are totally able to kick out their president. We are the same as them we have the power to dispose of our president. Plus they weren’t acting like a mob and kicked him out because they liked Russia better. They did it because what the President was doing was wrong.

      http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily_videos/fresh-protest-violence-erupts-in-ukrainian-capital/

    • Alice_B_4boydbence

      This minority has now become the majority–over 70% of Ukrainian citizens wanted to sign on with the European Union. Also, Yanukovych was “under pressure from Russia”, so he wasn’t really considering what was best for his people, but trying to appease Russia in order to avoid any negative backlash. Putin has been quoted as saying “We believe and do believe that Ukraine … is our fraternal nation.”, but this is only true if you’re under the impression that you deploy troops to your “fraternal nation” and use that nation’s president as your mouth piece.

    • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

      JayWolf,
      I agree that a country should not o to another just because they
      like them better, but as president Obama said it is illegal for Russia and
      Europe to be involved in this situation between the city and its government. This
      is an international law. Also it is illegal for Crimea because in their constitution
      it says that any further development of Ukraine must include the government. I believe
      that with the consent of the Ukrainian government, if they want to go with
      Russia it has to be under the consent of their current government.

    • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

      I disagree. They had the right to overthrow their leader, because he wasn’t doing anything beneficial to the country and didn’t listen to the needs of the Ukrainians. They didn’t like Russia better; Russia came and tried to take Ukraine as their own. They didn’t do it because they “liked” Russia better. They deemed their leader unfit to rule Ukraine, because of his choices and decisions that didn’t benefit the people or the country.

    • JohannaS_BoydBence2

      JayWolf,
      I understand what you’re saying, but we also have to take into consideration that their president was practically a puppet for Putin. Now that he’s gone, Putin doesn’t have control in there anymore, so he’s forcing his way in creating much bigger problems. I think the fact that they impeached their president is a set fact, so now the issue that remains would be to keep Ukraine, Ukraine without Russia forcing it’s way in. Regardless of if Crimea actually wanted to vote to annex with them or not does not matter because it was decided in a highly illegal and dangerous way.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      JayWolf,
      You make a good point. They could have considered making him make big changes instead of jumping to the overthrow, but the Ukrainian president was just not a good person. He put himself before his people, which is wrong. The way russia got involved is also wrong, it is certainly not ok for a bigger country to try to take over a smaller, leaderless country.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I disagree. They had the right to overthrow their leader and they did because he didn’t listen to the needs of ukrainian and wasn’t doing anything to fix Ukrainian or do anything beneficial to the country.

    • RaagP_4BoydBence

      The Ukrainian people have the right to overthrow the government. The president was doing nothing good for the people of Ukraine.

    • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

      I completely agree. A democratic leader should not be overthrown, they should just not be elected again. The line between whether or not the leader did something bad enough to get overthrown is too vague to be used for something as important as changing a country entirely. There is too much risk and chaos that would go on if this was how every democratic country was ran.

    • DorianM_3boydbence

      i disagree i feel if you have someone that is leading you but they dont represent your country than you have a right to kick them out.You cant just kick them out for no reason. Ukraine knows they are at risk but they expect that russia will respect the territorial integrity; but they need to be safe because i dont think russia is going to follow that “Cooperation between Russia and Ukraine,which requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity”

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      JayWolf, I disagree. They are Democratic, therefore they can do what ever they want. If they are truly unhappy with there leader, they should be able to overthrow them.

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    As far as I know, a country is not formed by its government, but by its citizens. Ukraine isn’t made up of the buildings which house corrupt men and women. Ukraine is made up of the people who hope to give a life better than the one they have to their children, people who aspire to be great, people who wish for a life richer than any other.

    Now, everyone in every country deserves the right of choice. When you try and take away that right of choice, you can’t expect positive things to happen. After a huge struggle and rioting, Ukrainians were able to have their way which led into Russians occupying the Crimean peninsula. Some people in Crimea are against and some are for the Russian and Ukrainian standoffs. Despite all this, the question remains. Should the Ukrainians have ousted the leader which they chose themselves?

    I’m going to have to say yes. It’s only fair. As I am aware, the leader which they elected was not a good leader and didn’t listen to what the people wanted. The leader was bullied by Russia into declining an agreement which more than half of the Ukrainian people wanted. If you give someone the power to change your world and they fail, you have every right to make some change since it is all for the better of the people.

  • BarrettC-3periodboydbence

    When Ukraine tossed out their democratic leader, it lead to Ukraine being open for other countries to take over. Plus Ukraine is now looking like a battle ground. Now in the video “President Viktor Yanukovych strengthened ties with Russia, angering those within the country who think Ukraine should break ties with its old Soviet partners and take steps to end rampant corruption in all levels of society.” This lead to him stepping down, and in response to the question weather the people of Ukraine can kick him out. Of corse they can. I mean we could do it ourselves. If we wanted a president out of office, we have the power to remove him by a process called impeachment.

  • ChristineP_4BoydBence

    **inserts description here**

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    This is my political cartoon.

  • Guest

    I believe that Ukraine should be allowed to replace their own leader. Plus if they leader not is a good leader then why keep this leader? Also since they are democracy so they shouldn’t have to worry about other countries getting involved in the process unless they are hurting the citizens. They need to overthrow their leader and do what is
    right for their country. In the video it states that “President Viktor Yanukovych
    strengthened ties with Russia, angering those within the country who
    think Ukraine should break ties with its old Soviet partners and take
    steps to end rampant corruption in all levels of society.” After that he stepped down, and in response to the weather the people of Ukraine can kick him out, is yes. Cause they have the power to change the leaders. Here is my political cartoon that shows that Ukraine is getting broken apart by these 2 other countries Russia and Europe.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      But he didn’t step down he fled the country and replaced himself with interim officials.

      • Brandon Burlison

        I agree with you I believe that any democratic country should be allowed to elect and get rid of their leaders and i feel like the Ukraine made a good choice because Yanukovych was not helping the country at all and didn’t seem to care about the well being of the people

    • CJ_Bute2boydbence

      I agree with you Ukraine should allowed to replace their leader. Cause in http://www.pbs.org/newshour/up… it states that “But under pressure from Russia, he dropped those plans, citing concerns
      about damage to Ukrainian industry by European competition.” This quote means that Russia is pressuring Yanukovych from doing what he
      originally planned. Which mean he is not a good leader, because he not sticking to what he original said.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you if a leader doesn’t do a good job of representing the people then they have a right to overthrow them. The article says “President Yanukovych has fled the country for Russia”. Yanukovych is obviously not doing a good job because he fled to Russia.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe that Ukraine should be allowed to replace their own leader.
    Plus if they leader not is a good leader then why keep this leader? Also
    since they are democracy so they shouldn’t have to worry about other
    countries getting involved in the process unless they are hurting the
    citizens. They need to overthrow their leader and do what is right for
    their country. In the video it states that “President Viktor Yanukovych
    strengthened ties with Russia, angering those within the country who
    think Ukraine should break ties with its old Soviet partners and take
    steps to end rampant corruption in all levels of society.” After that he
    stepped down, and in response to the weather the people of Ukraine can
    kick him out, is yes. Cause they have the power to change the leaders.
    Here is my political cartoon that shows that Ukraine is getting broken
    apart by these 2 other countries Russia and Europe.

  • ClaireB_period2_BoydBence

    The Ukrainian government should be able to replace their own leader. If you are a democracy the people have the right
    to vote on what they believe in and if the people believe he should go than they have that right. As you saw in the video Ukraine is a mess right now and the people need to vote on what issues they believe in.

    In this political cartoon the bus needs to be towed and both Russia and Europe are trying to help Ukraine out of the mess they got into. I believe that neither country should be helping the out of the mess they made. But also as president Obama said, “In 2014 we
    are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leader.” If Crimea wants to leave Ukraine and go into another country than they government of Ukraine has to give them the right to before they leave.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    Russia trying to invade Ukraine is a big deal because if Russia wins, and gets its’ way, the empire of Russia will expand and the chances of the USSR reforming will become increasingly large. This matters to the U.S. because Russia is one of our biggest enemies, and if we don’t get involved they will grow, but if we do get involved, we will end up fighting a war with Russia. There is a chance we could win that war, but we want to avoid war.
    Over throwing their leader has many side effects. One being the obvious reason that they are leader less which would be considered an anarchy. This also would give Putin a chance to take over, and give them empty promises just to get power.

    • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

      I don’t think that Russia needs to get more land to recreate the ussr, but they are definitely trying to make a power grab in this situation.

  • nathanl_period4_boydandbence

    This should not be allowed to happen for a number of reasons, for one its violating not only Ukrainian law but international law as well. Plus the “votes” that are happening are completely illegitimate, with most non Russia voter to afraid to go to the polls and results that are obviously falsified. Sometimes the amounts of voters for Russia in some towns are higher than the population is. Obviously the Russian military is pressuring citizens and falsifying results, for an election that is violating the Ukrainian constitution and dangerous for the citizens. Russia os violating international law and treaties that THEY have signed, meaning that the U.S and the E.U have every right to take action, doing more than blocking visas.

  • Kyle_C_3boydbence

    Trying to over throw the Democratic government is not so smart in my opinion but I guess it is what ever the people want. Then again over throwing that government system and going to a different one pretty much means that you won’t have a democratic government for a while because its not like you can just switch back and forth between governments. Also with another country interfering with the other country is not right unless the country is really making a wrong mistake and will hurt them in the long run and I don’t mean go bomb the rebels or anything like that just try to convince the people that they are making a wrong mistake. In my opinion I don’t think it is every right to over throw a democratic leader just because I don’t see the consequences of doing that to their country.

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    When Ukraine tossed out their president, it was a bad decision. It lead to instability which then Russia stepping in. They are breaking international laws right there. Now Russia is in Crimea trying to “fix” the situation between Ukraine and Crimea.”Ukrainians were able to have their way which led into Russians occupying the Crimean peninsula. Some people in Crimea are against and some are for the Russian and Ukrainian standoffs.””After a period of relative calm, the protests started again in mid-February, but this time they were much more violent. Rioting in Kiev has resulted in the deaths of more than 70 protesters, though actual numbers remain inconclusive.

    Since then, President Yanukovych has fled the country for Russia and Ukraine appointed an interim president and prime minister. Although protests have calmed in Kiev, the real conflict has moved to the Crimean peninsula, where Russian troops have moved in to occupy parts of the region. The Crimean peninsula is home to many ethnic Russians who support a pro-Russian agenda. However, the minority Tatars who also live in Crimea are staunchly opposed to Russian influence.” If the Ukraine president hadn’t stepped out none of this would have happened. He should have listened to the people and fixed the situation, running away only made it worse.

  • madisono-2boydbence

    The definition of the word democracy as given by dictionary.com is, “government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.” By overthrowing a democratically elected leader, you are not respecting the meaning of democracy and there are many conflicts that may come along with doing so.
    Leading off of the previous topic, does there come a time when the people have the right to over throw there democratically elected government, to me, it really depends. If the elected official is going against what is in the country’s constitution, laws, etc. and/or does not listen to what the country wants and just does what they want and what makes them happy. Then yes, I do believe that the people have the right to over throw the official. This is what is occurring in Ukraine, the elected leader did not take input from the citizens, which goes against what the meaning of democracy. Another thing to consider though, is, that not everyone agree with all that a person may do, so, not everyone will agree that the official should be overthrown, for the reasons being. After all most people elected to be a part of the government don’t have a unanimous vote, which usually leads to disagreements throughout the countries and different regions.
    When talking about this issues that is occurring in Ukraine with Russia, it brings up the thought of, when does a foreign country receive the right to interfere in another country’s internal affairs, and if you personally believe they should. Why would another country have the right to interfere in another’s internal affairs, it’s not there issue to solve. As said in the introduction by PBS NewsHour Extra, “Putin has denied sending troops into Ukraine, but said Russia has the right to protect its interests in the ethnically Russian part of the country.” Russia, in my opinion, should not go into the “ethnically Russian” parts of Ukraine and take over or convince that portion of the country to secede from one nation and join another. For example, the region of Crimea. Even if that region has more in common with Russia ethnically, it is not Russian territory, and they have no right to take back Crimea, because of their individual beliefs.

    In the political cartoon below, it shows Putin, as Superman, renaming the region of Crimea. I believe that the cartoonist used this analogy because, it shows how Russia is saying that they are saving Crimea by forcing them to secede from Ukraine and annex to Russia. By using this analogy it adds a little humor to the cartoon, which in a way makes it more appealing.

  • MaryBethD_3BoydBence

    By throwing out your own Democratic leader, Ukraine risks being open for other countries to take advantage of the lack of leadership in a very unbalanced country. The news shows that this has already happened with the occupation by Russia in the Crimean Peninsula. In the US, we have a well thought out process (impeachment) that allows us to take out a leader with reason. By overthrowing the head of your own state, with or without reason, puts the people at a state of unrest. The people should have the right to overthrow their leader through a process. It would be ideal if there were a legal way to go about it without having to protest and other things. If the government is committing crimes against
    humanity for political reasons, other countries should be able to intervene to stop it. This source is talking in detail about the crisis in Ukraine. Ukraine has had more than 20 years of wear governance, heavy reliance on Russia, a lopsided economy, and other issues.
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/

  • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

    What risks does Ukraine face by overthrowing its democratically elected leader?
    Ukraine itself wasnt really prepared to overthrow its own government- from what i’ve read and taken from this article. Overthrowing the leader is like saying, “We dont like you so, bye.” And possibly leaving a stand for anarchy. PErhaps the government will take over and the citizens could realize there are better leaders. Because they seem to understand how to be great people by making up most of their country.

  • CJ_Bute2boydbence

    I believe that Ukraine should be allowed to replace their own leader.
    Plus if their leader is a not good leader then why keep that leader? Also
    since they are democracy they shouldn’t have to worry about other
    countries getting involved in the process unless they are hurting the
    citizens. They need to overthrow their leader and do what is right for
    their country. In the video it states that “President Viktor Yanukovych
    strengthened ties with Russia, angering those within the country who
    think Ukraine should break ties with its old Soviet partners and take
    steps to end rampant corruption in all levels of society.” After that he
    stepped down, and in response to the weather the people of Ukraine can
    kick him out, is yes. Cause they have the power to change the leaders.
    Here is my political cartoon that shows that Ukraine is getting broken
    apart by these 2 other countries Russia and Europe.

  • Riley_R_1BoydBence

    If they overthrow their leader, Ukraine won’t be beaten up for no reason, but they will have to face the threats of other countries. Since they would have no authority/leadership, other countries will notice that and will take advantage of that. Other countries can easily threaten Ukraine, just like their leader did, except it would be much worse. In the video, it showed Russian citizens getting beaten up by Pro-Russian Ukrainians. I think they are doing this just to show off their power. I think that people have the right to overthrow their government when the government is threatening them or when the government is doing something they shouldn’t be doing.

  • Guest

    This political cartoon shows Russia, in a way, “devouring” Ukraine and hurting it as it struggles to reach Europe for help as Europe stares with a glance of pity. This political cartoon supports my argument that says how Russia is bullying Ukraine into getting what they want and the Ukraine is struggling and trying to fight back to get what they want which is to keep a close and beneficial tie with the European Union. You can easily see how the countries are labeled since they are written there but the my favorite part of this drawing is the subtle, yet powerful symbol that is the claws protruding from the bottom of Russia. These claws symbolize how Russia is like an animal, no matter how hard it tries to be kind. The claws are keeping a close grip on what appears to be Kazakhstan as to also show how Russia likes to keep what they have close and don’t care about whatever pain they may inflict.

  • Miguel_A_Period2

    This political cartoon shows Russia, in a way, “devouring” Ukraine and hurting it as it struggles to reach Europe for help as Europe stares with a glance of pity. This political cartoon supports my argument that says how Russia is bullying Ukraine into getting what they want and the Ukraine is struggling and trying to fight back to get what they want which is to keep a close and beneficial tie with the European Union. You can easily see how the countries are labeled since they are written there but the my favorite part of this drawing is the subtle, yet powerful symbol that is the claws protruding from the bottom of Russia. These claws symbolize how Russia is like an animal, no matter how hard it tries to be kind. The claws are keeping a close grip on what appears to be Kazakhstan as to also show how Russia likes to keep what they have close and don’t care about whatever pain they may inflict. That is what that political cartoon means.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    Russia may have had Ukraine at one point but Ukraine is its own country. Just because your presidents are colleagues doesn’t mean to go along with this. If you want to play the democratic card you have to take in that over 50% or one half of the population prefers to be near Europe and not Russia. Russia invading Europe would break the NATO treaty for Ukraine security and could end Russia’s alliance with it. In 1938 Germany took back or succeeded Austria just like Russia is trying to do with Ukraine. After Austria Germany took Poland then France then every country in Europe except Spain and Britain, This led to WW2, becoming the most devastating war in history. Germany taking Austria pushed other countries to take other nearby nations causing a wider war.

    The only time another country should interfere with an others affair is when it affects them in one way or another. Not when your oceans apart with no connection. Its Europe, Russia and countries in between that are being affected. They are the ones that should take action in this and not foreign powers that are oceans away. Where does this affect the U.S? Barely but we still feel like we have to do that when we don’t have to. Ones affairs should be handle by the affected parties and not the ones who aren’t affected.

    The cartoon below shows Putin taking the sheets of Ukraine from Europe. This is Putin trying to take Ukraine back from Europe . Since he short he must not need to much. The pillows show Russia on one side And the European Union on the other. Putin or Russia is trying to take the “sheets” because he feels like he needs more, when really he can get his own bed. Russia is trying to take the country back when it really wasn’t theirs in the first place. Any further in succeeding these states and we could launch WW3. All because a short man with big britches thought Ukraine was his.

  • Guest

    In this photo, you see that two people are sharing a blanket but Europe is taking it all. This is a great symbolization of this affair, because it shows that the E.U. is trying to take Ukraine for it’s self and expand. Ukraine is trying to fight for freedom (or enough blanket) but if you can tell in the picture, he is holding on by not enough. This symbolizes how they are going to struggle a lot more now that they no longer have a leader to guide them.

    • KayleeH_3BoydBence

      This picture is a really great visual, thank you. Ukraine should continue to fight for their freedom as should anyone who feel in captivity, but indeed the struggle will be harder and longer with out a leader. I am all for anarchy and most the time would prefer it but as it has been proven in the past that no government control is a mess and is not a good option, now Ukraine isn’t loosing their government just their leader but that can help make more things a mess and I feel that they should wait for another election before forcing this leader out of office.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I agree with you. Using the picture above, it would be a lot easier for the guy on the Ukraine side to get more blankets if he had another person, or a more powerful person. Without a leader he could end up sleeping alone without any covers. Putting this back into the issue, maybe if they don’t have a leader they won’t have protection.

  • Petty_Period2_BoydBence

    Democratic leaders are set in place for a reason. The reason being, is that everyone came to a consensus on this person and agreed that what they wanted to do was best for everyone in the country. Ukraine is making a mistake by overthrowing there leader, in the beginning they did agree that he/she would be the best thing for them as a country. Overthrowing them just seems to be a blatant mistake!
    Lets think of it this way… What if someone came in and overthrew our government without a reason or explanation. I can’t speak for anyone else but I know that if that were to happen, I would be on edge and not be thinking clearly! I want to have someone to back me up and to know that we have rules and protection in place to support us. Thats how the Ukraine population must be feeling, they have no idea what to do or were to go. I feel like that would be scary for them! At least it would be for me.
    Granted, this isn’t the first problem the Ukraine has had, but this one is at least we can step in and fix.

  • ESigler-2boydbence

    In this picture you can see that their leader is making a final speech as he is leaving. But Putin is kicking him out which is showing that he is going to try to give Ukraine empty promises to gain their trust, but he will not follow them through.

  • Jacob_W_Period3

    This cartoon shows Europe and Russia sharing the bed.While Russia is trying to take Ukraine Europe isn’t noticing. They are asleep and not react to stop him from doing this. They could sanction Russia and set boundaries so Putin would be unable to take Ukraine without a nasty reaction. Yet Europe is to asleep to say stop that or to give them at least a slap on the wrist. Europe has completely turned their back on the situation and aren’t reacting. When Europe wakes up and reacts she can tell Putin to get his own sheets and stop steeling theirs.

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    I think Ukraine faces a lot of risks by overthrowing their democratic leader. Returning to Russia means a loss of alliances (Particularly those that are enemies of Russia). Russia is a much bigger country than the Ukraine, So this tension may cause problems later on.
    I think other countries should intervene in international affairs, especially if the tension could result in the downfall of either of said countries.

  • brittneyd_3boydbence

    I think Ukraine faces a lot of risks by overthrowing their democratic leader. Returning to Russia means a loss of alliances (Particularly those that are enemies of Russia). Russia is a much bigger country than the Ukraine, So this tension may cause problems later on.

    I think other countries should intervene in international affairs, especially if the tension could result in the downfall of either of said countries.

    I think people always have the right to overthrow their democratic leader if they are not what they want for their government.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    Ukraine had the right to overthrow their leader from the start, considering that he wasn’t really a leader of the people, instead acting as Putin’s puppet. Vladimir Putin has a history of trying to demonstrate exactly how powerful Russia (and, by extension, himself) are, by trying to take control over things which do not concern him, and exert unnecessary force over his people, and Yanukovych, which includes Ukraine by extension.
    After losing the Soviet Union in the end of the Cold War, Putin has begun to try and regain the land he lost. Eight years ago, Putin took Georgia by force, and we’re all aware of his strict anti-LGBT laws. Russia signed onto a 1994 NATO accord that “guarantees security for Ukraine”, so Putin has no business sending troops to Crimea or trying to forcefully annex Ukraine to Russia, under the pretense of safety or not.

  • Alice_B_4boydbence

    This political cartoon depicts Ukraine as Rapunzel trapped in her tower. The European Union takes the role of the prince, trying to save Rapunzel, but Putin is wheeling her tower away. Essentially, it’s saying the Ukraine is helpless, and while the European Union is trying to help and reach out to Ukraine, Putin isn’t allowing them.

  • Dylan_L_period3Bence/Boyd

    Ukraine has the right to overthrow their new leader. He lied to them saying that he would separate from Russia. Instead it seems they are getting sucked back into Russia just like how they used to be during the Soviet Union. A foreign country like Russia has no right to get involved with the internal affairs. The only time a country might be able to get involved is when it affects that the other country directly.

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    I say who cares about what’s going on in Ukraine right now. It’s not any other countries’ problem. Neither the U.S. nor any other country should intervene. Now if this little scuffle gets out of hand, then intervention should be introduced. Not when this little thing can be passed by some smart guy saying a few good words.

  • LillyC_Per3_BoydBence

    Our preference is to get back to a normality and get back to a place were the rights of the people of Ukraine will be respected and the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation will be respected Said by John kerry. Ukraine can not get back to a normality or a place were their rights and territory is respected because their democratic leader is damaging Ukraine. They have the right to over through their leader they are democratic country and deserve to be respected and given their rights back that should have never been taken in the first place.Also the fact that Russia is bullying Ukraine and their leader is not even with his own people is horrible. Honestly I think its a no-brainer.
    This video is an interview with Obama and the prime minister talks about how Ukraine will never surrender and will fight for freedom and independence.
    http://video.pbs.org/video/2365198635/
    Here is a cartoon to show that russia is bullying Ukraine

  • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

    With out a leader for Ukraine they are very unstable, but since they are democratic country they have the right to overthrow their leader. This event reminded me of the battle between North Korea and South Korea. Since the U.S. didn’t want communism to spread they joined the fight against North Korea, but in this case I think it would have been better if everything was negotiated peacefully instead of forcing things to happen through force.

  • CarlosR_3BoydBence

    The risks faced by Ukraine as they throw out their leader would be the same risks of any other country doing the same, vulnerability to attack and national instability. The different thing about Ukraine though is that right now they are Russia’s target, and by throwing out their leader they have become even more vulnerable to attack and eventually Russia could get the land they once had before 1991. Russia’s interest in Ukraine is understandable. Russia and Ukraine have “strong fraternal ties” according to http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/. These ties dating all the way back to the 9th century. Ukraine is also a huge economic partner with Russia. The internal affairs of this country should be intervened with because of how corrupt Yanukovich is, and because of how much money they have embezzled. With more than $10 billion stolen I think that the people of Ukraine had every right to throw out Yanukovich any way. On that note, I believe that when one countries internal affairs become external and effect other countries, the countries it affects should be able to intervene.

  • Alton Barnhart

    I seriously don’t think America should get involved with this. Let them take care of it right now. If we do get involved with it, it might end really badly and we don’t want that @KqedEdSpace #DoNowUkraine http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ukraine/

    • JacobG_2_BoydBence

      I agree with you completely, Us as Americans need to just stay out of it and as much as it may be needed, we just need to not get involved and let them take of it. If we get in to it then we could potentially become apart of the mess.

    • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you as well, it is not our fight…it is between Russia and Ukraine. If we keep coming into this we will be part of this as well.

    • BellaP_3boydbence

      I disagree if we are possibly talking about people getting hurt we should step in. If its causing deaths constantly then we need to step in. Once it starts to get super serious and they need help I think thats okay for us to step in. Sure it could end bad but what if it ended well because we stepped in?

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I disagree with you. Russia has breached international law by invading Crimea. We can’t just let them get away with it. The article says “U.S. officials say Russia’s actions are in breach of international law, including the nonintervention provisions in the UN Charter; the 1997 Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and Ukraine, which requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity; and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances.”

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I disagree with you I think that they need help they need assistance and we can help them. Yes it may be really bad and more people could die but it is better than being a bystander and watching people in need.

    • Melody_M_2boydbence

      I agree. If they want to be open to other threats and get them self into trouble then let them. I dont think we should get into their problems. its not our fight so why should we do anything

    • Claire S 2

      Yeah, I agree with you. The U.S doesn’t need to get involved like we always do. This is their problem, and getting involved could make it much, much worse, which could mean, albeit worse case scenario, another war.

    • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

      I agree! We have been the worlds policeman for far too long. We are gonna end up ruining things for ourselves and them as well.

      http://www.lamemere.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/ukrajina.jpg

  • Landon Gregory

    The taking over of naval bases by Russia is kind of unsettling. I think Russia is way out of their boundaries now, and Russia is turning into a Germany-like country during world war 2. And the way Russia did it was just frightening http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=22964319&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dukraine%2Bnews%26ie%3DUTF-8%26oe%3DUTF-8%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26surl%3D1%26safe%3Dactive%26norc%3D1

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Landon,
      Russia thinks they still own Ukraine. Ukraine became independent 23 years ago. Germany never really owned or was considered to actually be apart of Poland, France, Denmark, Belgium or Holland. They are all independent. Poland from russia, France was a sovereign country, Denmark was a sovereign country that controlled other countries such as Greenland, Belgium was originally gained its freedom from Russia, and Holland from Russia. Germany only controlled them for a short while. While russia was the sovereign country of Ukraine.

    • Luke_A_Period3

      Russia has shared that port with the Ukraine for years. The port was not taken over. Russia may have over stepped their boundaries, but so is the U.S. if we get involved.

    • PeytonP_4BoydBence

      I agree. I think Russia is crossing boundaries that they shouldn’t. They need to stay out of it and leave the Ukraine alone.

    • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

      I agree because they really shouldn’t have put military presence the area. This action specifically broke the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, signed by Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, which offered Ukraine security assurances in exchange for giving up the 2,000 nuclear weapons left in its territory as a remnant of Soviet days. I don’t think Russia had a good enough reason to occupy this area.

      • JoelR_Per 3_BoydBence

        Here’s a cartoon that illustrates Russia moving in to Ukraine with troops.

    • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

      The way they did it was like overpowering and frightening, russia is taking advantage of Ukraine’s vulnerability and is trying to take it over. Countries aren’t supposed to get into other countries conflicts unless they are part of it.

    • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

      I agree Russia has gone really far into the actions and choices they are taking. Things are getting out of hand and we may not be able to help or stop it.

    • Claire S 2

      Yeah, they’re becoming really violent and pretty terrifying by doing all this. It’s ridiculous the lengths they’re willing to go.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      True, They are getting to vicious and need to calm down a bit.

  • KGroberg

    I’m not sure how well this affects me economicly. My country has been at war for a long time. But this affects me personally because my cousin is in the army. From what I have seen US doesn’t seem to be involved with Russia and Russia doesn’t seem to be changing too much in their government from what I have seen.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/19/ukraine-navy-black-sea-hq-crimea-pro-russian-troops

    • ChristianH_2boydbence

      The point of the recent strife within Ukraine was determine where Crimea would align itself for the future. Economically joining the E.U. would have vastly expanded the economy of Ukraine and swept away many issues involved with trade among others. While joining with Russia was simply a 15 million bailout by Putin. Also concerning the army people are trying to smooth this over diplomatically without bloodshed. The way your constitution works it seems that Crimea is legally obligated to stay within Ukraine and that Russia is violating secession laws, which have been in place for many years.
      http://www.opendemocracy.net/forum/thread/pros-and-cons-of-membership-of-ukraine-in-eu

  • MarcusO_Per4_BoydBence

    Ukraine can be in a lot of trouble if they overthrow their democratically elected leader. No leader ship could make them susceptible to other countries coming in and taking control. A country should be able to interfere if directly ask by said country for support or if this conflict is effecting this country in a big way. I think that the people have the right to overthrow and change the countries leader if said leader isn’t doing what the people elected him/her to do. On the topic of Crimea if the people of Crimea voted democratically and legitimately on joining Russia then I believe that it is 100% O.K. as said in this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/world/europe/crimea-ukraine-secession-vote-referendum.html?_r=2

  • MarkL_3BoydBence

    Democratic leaders are elected by people to make decisions for them. If most people are unhappy with the decisions the leaders are making, I think they should have the option to over through them. This article says that “demonstrators took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev to protest Yanukovych, who they saw as blocking progress.” If someone is “blocking progress”, then they’re obviously not doing their job. I think they should be cautious when going through decisions like this though. Overthrowing a democratic leader means that another country could possibly interfere in situations such as this. This wouldn’t be right to occur unless that country specifically asked for help.

  • David_N_2

    Honestly, i can say that Ukraine had and will have every right to overthrow their democratically elected leader because they have a democratic type government and Yanukovych was harming the country more than helping. Ask yourself: would you want to be governed by a government that are mere dolls playing out the roll of another governments? Of course not! Russia is pressuring Yanukovych to act upon what not is best for the country, but what is in interest to Russia. Ukraine wants to increase and tighten bonds with the European Nations, but Russia wants to prevent that. In the link I have posted you may find this sentence stating: “But under pressure from Russia, he dropped those plans, citing concerns about damage to Ukrainian industry by European competition.” It clearly states that Russia is pressuring Yanukovych from doing what he originally planned. A real and fit president must act on what is needed by the nation, and not act for another.

    One thing that does goes against this action is the stability of the nation. Without a firm and stable leader, the country itself will not stabilize. The country is vulnerable to many attacks or invasions. This could lead to other nations gaining power using Ukraine. Even as Ukraine expelled Yanukovych, they should hastily yet cautiously elect a new president that would really guide Ukraine out of this disaster.
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/

    • David_N_2

      Oops, my bad. I accidentally posted this without signing in. This belongs to me.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I completely agree with you. A leader should stand up and do whats best for the people and instead he’s just disappointing them and letting them down. Why should they have to put up with a leader like this? If a leader can’t take pressure well, than he should not be a leader at all. Responsibility comes with leading, therefore they should be able to overthrow him, since he is not a good leader.

    • MikeM_3boydbence

      Yes I totally agree with you. They have every right to over throw there leader and chase him out of the ukraine. He made a dumb decision and should have known the consequences coming from the decision.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      Yes that makes since. I agree with you. But I think that keeping there leader might be a bad thing I believe that they should have a military take over so they can be stronger against russia.

  • David_N_2

    Honestly, i can say that Ukraine had and will have every right to overthrow their democratically elected leader because they have a democratic type government and Yanukovych was harming the country more than helping. Ask yourself: would you want to be governed by a government that are mere dolls playing out the roll of another governments? Of course not! Russia is pressuring Yanukovych to act upon what not is best for the country, but what is in interest to Russia. Ukraine wants to increase and tighten bonds with the European Nations, but Russia wants to prevent that. In the link I have posted you may find this sentence stating: “But under pressure from Russia, he dropped those plans, citing concerns about damage to Ukrainian industry by European competition.” It clearly states that Russia is pressuring Yanukovych from doing what he originally planned. If you observe the cartoon I have provided, you would also see that it indicates the same thing. A real and fit president must act on what is needed by the nation, and not act for another.

    One thing that does goes against this action is the stability of the nation. Without a firm and stable leader, the country itself will not stabilize. The country is vulnerable to many attacks or invasions. This could lead to other nations gaining power using Ukraine. Even as Ukraine expelled Yanukovych, they should hastily yet cautiously elect a new president that would really guide Ukraine out of this disaster.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/

  • Daniel K Period_2 Shuttle

    When one’s country’s people overthrow the leader, it obviously means that something is wrong. It means that the people of the country feel as if the person ruling the country is not the person for them, but when the citizens do, I think that it could leave an everlasting mark on the country. It could lead to making the whole country into an anarchy because of one little move. When people see what they can accomplish with power, then what would happen to the country if they decided to do something against the country? The few citizens who chose to have no deal with this subject may be forced into helping or may be punished. This reminds of the Syria attack in 2007. An article says that “Syria has used chemical weapons against another land”. Even when Syria was specifically told not to do so, they did. If this could happen with a few forces, then what can be accomplished with a whole country? I think that when the government is unable to keep the issues under control, perhaps that is when one’s country should be able to interfere. If one government can’t choke out the violence then not helping them get together could lead to blaming, rivalries, and a destroyed nation.

  • Brandon Burlison

    When the Citizens Ukraine threw out their Democratic Leader they didn’t expect what was to come, Ukrainians didn’t realize that by doing that they would open up the path way to being controlled by a new country as Russia is trying to do as well as the EU and do to a lack of leadership in their country, russia has invaded the crimean peninsula and is accepting it as a part of russia, crimea had voted on becoming a part of russia before the ordeal had ever happened so this is most likely a good step for the Ukraine because crimea had wanted to be a part of russia in the first place and letting crimea become part of russia will get rid of the dispute that is pulling the ukraine apart just like it is depicted in this political cartoon on the right is russia emphasizing that they are pulling the ukraine apart while the EU is on the left pulling the opposite way starting to split the ukraine into two showing the loss of half of the mans body representing the loss of half of the ukraine and i think this political cartoon represents the situation very well.

    • Nicholas_M_Period1

      I agree they need to join up with the EU and letting Crimea join the Russia was kind of a good idea but they could continue to push into it (like Georgia). If they do this we need to stop them.

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I believe that Ukraine had not only the right but the need to overthrow Yanukovych. He was no longer representing his country. If you look at the political cartoon below it demonstrates this situation very well. Although it is not a good thing, Yanukovych was listening to Russia instead of the people of Ukraine.”polls show more than 50 percent of citizens would now like to get closer to Europe.” If that is what the people of Ukraine wan then that is what they should get. Also I don’t believe it is okay to get involved with another country’s internal affairs unless the people ask for help. Ukrain and Russia may not have the same rights and freedom that we do here in the U.S. but everyone has to follow international law. Therefore Russia does not have the right to claim any part of Ukraine.

    • EmilyA_Per3_boydBence

      Guest,
      I agree with you because Russia granted Ukraine its freedom in 1991, which isn’t that long ago, but russia doesn’t have the right to come back and change their minds once its already decided to let Ukraine be independent.
      But you also have to think of the people in some parts of Ukraine did wish to stay apart of Russia instead of an Independent nation, it wasnt very long ago, just 23 years ago.

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      I agree with you. The people of Ukraine have the right to overthrow their leader if they feel the elected official doesn’t represent their best interests. Yanukovych is not respecting the people of Ukraine’s wishes anymore. The article says “Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from a free trade agreement with the European Union (E.U.) under pressure from Russia. The agreement would have been an essential milestone towards full E.U. membership. While the Ukraine has long been pulled between western and eastern influences, polls show more than 50 percent of citizens would now like to get closer to Europe.”

    • AlexW_2boydbence

      I agree with you all the way. Yanukovych messed up big time and a war might break out because of it. By the way, fleeing the country is a coward move,

    • Claire S 2

      I agree wholeheartedly! When the leader of a country doesn’t show interest in what the country wants, it’s time for them to go.

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I completely agree with you! It’s about what the people wants. if 50% wants to which is almost majority then we should let them have it. I wouild not want to be living here if we had a bad leader that I hate. Why would I want to suffer with that, and it’s not like Ukraine is a dictatorship or anything.

    • Maeve_K_Period2

      Agreed! If a country’s leader no longer supports the interests of it’s own people, they should be removed and another leader should be chosen to govern the people. One article says “Now Crimea is the epicenter of a standoff between so-called “self defense” forces siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s newly formed — and grossly underprepared — government.” Ukrain’es vulnerable government does pose a major threat to the safety of it’s people and their interests.

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. But I think that keeping there leader might be a bad thing I believe that they should have a military take over so they can be stronger against russia. But it is vary risky.

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree, he is not at all right for the job and should be ousted out of his position immediately

  • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

    I believe that Ukraine had not only the right but the need to overthrow Yanukovych. He was no longer representing his country. If you look at the political cartoon below it demonstrates this situation very well. Although it is not a good thing, Yanukovych was listening to Russia instead of the people of Ukraine.”polls show more than 50 percent of citizens would now like to get closer to Europe.” (found in this article) If that is what the people of Ukraine wan then that is what they should get. Also I don’t believe it is okay to get involved with another country’s internal affairs unless the people ask for help. Ukrain and Russia may not have the same rights and freedom that we do here in the U.S. but everyone has to follow international law. Therefore Russia does not have the right to claim any part of Ukraine.

    Political Cartoon found on http://nolet.com/article/political-cartoon-russia-ukraine

  • JohannaS_BoydBence2

    In the cartoon below we see a person sitting on a jail cell. The person on top is representative of the Ukraine population. On either side of this person, there are two more people. One of which is Van Rompuy, who is the full-time president of the European Council, and the other on the left is the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin. I can tell which is which by looking at their ties. We see both countries offering Ukraine what seems to be fairly similar offers, except Russia has a gun to their head. This is basically Putin saying, “Take my deal or take theirs and die, your choice.” The last part of this cartoon is the person in the jail cell beneath Ukraine. This person is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister, and now current leader of Ukraine. I can tell it is her because of her signature hairstyle of a braided headband. She is locked up in this cartoon to show that she is powerless in this situation.

    To answer the prompt, I think what Ukraine did as far as impeaching their president, were perfectly reasonable actions. I think that issues should have and could have been solved without Russian interference. The Russians should have stayed out of it. In this website (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yulia-tymoshenko/russia-ukraine-crimea_b_4986630.html) it has Yulia Tymoshenko’s words about the matter at hand and on the bottom there’s a comments section very much like this one. In these comments one guy was saying there’s not much that can be done now, Crimea’s a part of Russia now and it shouldn’t be an issue. Well since Russia proceeded to overtake Crimea, there’s not much to stop them from proceeding further and further into Ukraine, eventually capturing the entire country.
    I do not think it matters whether or not Crimean people wanted to join Russia because the voting was unfair. Very similar to the cartoon, they had the choice of voting to join Russia or not, but the catch was that if they chose not to, they would be shot. The website I mentioned earlier is Yulia’s words on everything, and I recommend everyone to take a look at it. She finishes by saying,

    “We won’t be visiting anyone with tanks and machine guns, but we have a different army. It is an army that cannot be stopped by borders, trenches, anti-tank fortifications or minefields. It is our Ukrainian army of freedom, democracy, human dignity and spirit. And it is already on the march. Ukraine is fulfilling its mission, which includes the liberation of Russia.
    I believe that everything will be fine.”

    That said, I have full faith that Ukraine will get through this, but I don’t know what will be lost in the process.

  • JacobG_2_BoydBence

    Ukraine, a republic in southeastern Europe; formerly a European soviet; the center of the original Russian state, which came into existence in the ninth century. What was then and what is now are two very different things. Thus the situation arising in Ukraine and the fight for it between Europe and Russia can not be sustained nor will it be, until Vladimir Putin gets what he came for. Within Ukraine lie the Ukrainians, a strong people that fight for what is right and what they believe in. In this situation they had every right to overthrow their leader. Which in my opinion he was not a very reliable and responsible one, and he was acting as Putin’s slave. With that, Vladimir Putin has a great past of showing how powerful Russia really is. In his mind he needs everyone to see that if Russia wants something, they get it. Weather or not this message is heard and seen, he will not stop until it is. The leader of Ukraine is running away from his problem which wont make anything better within his country. Running away does not do anything but cause more damage than there already is. On another note if Russia were to invade EU that would be breaking the NATO contract and therefore causing twice as many problem as there are now. There is a point in time when the people of a country should make a stand and do what is right and not sit back and let it happen. The country and people of Ukraine are at this point in time and have made a stand and will continue to do so. I feel like the Ukraine people have really stood up for what they believe is right, and want to resolve this as soon as possible. In the political cartoon below it represents how the fight over Ukraine is out weight by the Russians. As you can see there is a giant bear pulling on the country itself therefore making it look stronger and more powerful. This cartoon gives a really great example on what exactly is happening with Russia, Ukraine and EU. Putin and Viktor Yanukovych have caused a very large and disastrous mess. And the only way it is going to get clean up is if it is resolved in such a fashion that will not cause people lives and their home land in jeopardy.

  • alexm_3boydbence

    I do believe people have the right to overthrow their government when the government is threatening them or doing something they’re not supposed to be doing. Although, I do also believe that if Ukraine overthrows their democratic leader, they will be facing a lot of risks. In the end, they are a democracy and should be able to vote on what they want, therefore they should be able to overthrow their leader if they really want to. The article up above states, “. Rioting in Kiev has resulted in the deaths of more than 70 protesters, though actual numbers remain inconclusive. Since then, President Yanukovych has fled the country.” Therefore, If Ukraine has a bad leader, why keep him?

    • JTM_3boydbence

      I agree with you. But I think that keeping there leader might be a bad thing I believe that they should have a military take over so they can be stronger against russia.

  • CadenM_Per1_BoydBence

    I believe that people should have the right to overthrow their leader but at the same time realize the risks that they are taking. I think that in this case they didn’t know what hit them when the fighting started to break out in ukraine. in this case I believe that the process of overthrowing a leader should be a more peaceful act and a more controlled act. It seems that the people wanted to create chaos even though they are going for what the believe in and saw no other way around it while others may have sat there preparing for the worse and had a clue of what was to come. I don’t think that they should have took the path that they did, yes I believe that people should have the choice but I think the choice was made at the wrong time.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    In the cartoon below we see a bear which represents Russia. The cartoon means that since Ukraine overthrew there leader which means Russia the bear is trying to take over Ukraine hint the bear eating the Ukraine country.

  • Lukep_3boydbence

    When Ukraine tossed out their president, it was a bad decision. It lead to instability which then Russia stepping in. They are breaking international laws right there. Now Russia is in Crimea trying to “fix” the situation between Ukraine and Crimea.”Ukrainians were able to have their way which led into Russians occupying the Crimean peninsula. Some people in Crimea are against and some are for the Russian and Ukrainian standoffs.””After a period of relative calm, the protests started again in mid-February, but this time they were much more violent. Rioting in Kiev has resulted in the deaths of more than 70 protesters, though actual numbers remain inconclusive. Since then, President Yanukovych has fled the country for Russia and Ukraine appointed an interim president and prime minister. Although protests have calmed in Kiev, the real conflict has moved to the Crimean peninsula, where Russian troops have moved in to occupy parts of the region. The Crimean peninsula is home to many ethnic Russians who support a pro-Russian agenda. However, the minority Tatars who also live in Crimea are staunchly opposed to Russian influence.” If the Ukraine president hadn’t stepped out none of this would have happened. He should have listened to the people and fixed the situation, running away only made it worse.

  • Guest

    By tossing out their, Ukraine is open for other countries to take advantage of the lack of leadership. I agree that Ukraine is opening the door for other countries… but I think Ukraine does have the right to over through their democratic leader. They are a democratic country and should have the right to over throw the democratic leader. If they wanna be open to other threats, and get them self into this, let them. They should have the option to do so if they want to.

    • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

      I find it interesting at how you look at this situation and Ukraine’s current position as a whole. But I agree. As a result of Ukraine throwing out their leader, this can lead to anarchy, war, and invasion. Yet because they are a democratic country with a leader of the same like, they should be allowed to get rid of who they want, especially if they feel discomfort or danger. Going back to your first sentence… It may not just be other countries trying to make a move on the lead position, but the citizens of the country themselves. Below is a cartoon depicting anarchy and the chaos it can bring.
      Cartoon: http://www.anarchistbrainwashing.com/images/praxeology.net/anarchistspeechcartoon.PNG

    • alexm_3boydbence

      I have to agree with out and ofcourse they are a democracy. Which means they vote on what they choose, and if they choose to overthrow their leader then let them. If they feel their leader is not doing any good then why let the people of ukraine suffer?

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I completely agree with you. Ukraine is a Democratic government, they are allowed to vote on what they want. Overthrowing their leader may not be the best thing to do because they will be vulnerable, but if thats what they want then let them have it.

  • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

    By tossing out their leader, Ukraine is open for other countries to take advantage of the lack of leadership. I agree that Ukraine is opening the door for other countries… but I think Ukraine does have the right to over through their democratic leader. They are a democratic country and should have the right to over throw the democratic leader. If they wanna be open to other threats, and get them self into this, let them. They should have the option to do so if they want to.

  • KayleeH_3BoydBence

    Democratic leaders are leaders elected by the people of that country. If you elected someone and he isn’t doing his job, or making the country unhappy then make him leave. In doing so you would be left without him and you could find someone who is much worse. It also makes them more vulnerable to other countries around them, especially Russia. No other country has the right to interfere with another countries internal affairs until it wrongly affects the countries and world around them. All people should have the right to be able to vote and overthrow there leader if they are not happy with what he is doing, but they should always look closer at him before they elect him.

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    Ukraine does have the right to overthrow their leader. They are a democracy and if they deem the leader unworthy to lead their country, then they have every right to overthrow their current leader. There are risks that Ukraine has taken and there are risks involved in this crisis. Now with the leader out of the way, other countries can come and claim Ukraine and Crimea as their own. As Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked Putin to retract his military forces and warned that “We are on the brink of disaster.” I don’t think it was appropriate for Russia to come and try and claim Ukraine in the middle of a crisis and the worst part about it is the Prime Minister already asked Putin to retreat forces, but he isn’t backing down. The Prime Minister asked for help from NATO and they agreed to help Ukraine. Even though I think that other countries should not interfere in countries’ affairs, this is a desperate crisis. This is a cartoon I found of Ukraine wanting their freedom and independence because they are a democracy, just like us. The bear is Russia who is stopping them from being a democracy.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      even thought their is a right to over throw the war would be a lot worse s other should overthrow but their benefit to both

    • taylor_w_2nd

      Although democratic leaders are selected and elected by the citizens, it is not unusual for politicians to falsely present themselves, and in turn, mislead a vote. For this reason, I believe it is the right of a citizen of a democratic nation to impeach, or overthrow, a president for a lack of ability and order.

  • AndreaO_per4_BoydBence

    By tossing out their Democratic leader, Ukraine runs the route of being open for other countries to take advantage of the lack of leadership in a very unbalanced country. As we have possibly read in the news or on T.V. this has already happened with the occupation by Russia by the Crimean Peninsula. We also know that Russia is claiming that they are helping Ukraine but really they aren’t. They need to be careful with this because the invasion Russia is doing might cause another world war and the United States either will get involved or they won’t do anything.

  • Rachael P. 2nd BoydBence

    When faced with a crossroad it can be hard to decide which path to follow. While some may choose to go left, the others go right. On most days this is a normal affair but, when it comes to deciding your county’s fate things begin to get complicated.
    The country of Ukraine lies between the borders of European NATO countries and Russia. Ukraine has a rich history with both sides dated back to before Ukraine even broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991. With both sides pressing on it was time to decide wether to grow closer trades with the European Union or to listen to Russia’s promises of incorporating the country into the Eurasian Union. While the citizens of Ukraine went left, the president went right causing the people to fight for what was right.The people of Ukraine had the right to overthrow their leader when an act of injustice occurred; especially when most people were in favor of what had been turned down. The problem in Ukraine started when their president, Victor Yanukovych declined a free trade agreement with the European Union after being pressured by Russia. People of Ukraine were not happy with this decision. “Polls show more than 50 percent of citizens would now like to get closer to Europe.” The other half, more towards the eastern side of Ukraine, want to be a part of Russia. Thus, creating a divide in the country.
    Crimea, a peninsula bordering the black sea belongs to the country of Ukraine but, mostly Russians live there. The Russian army has sent forces down to the military bases trying to gain control of the area. They believe this land belongs to them. The Russians have no right to try to gain control over land that isn’t theirs. With the vulnerability of not having a intact leader they took advantage and did what they saw fit.
    Russia has no right to interfere when a country is going through the state of developing a new government. The Ukrainian people were right to overthrow their government but it has put them in a situation of unstableness. Russia is now seeking this opportunity in order to get what they want. They want to have control over Crimea. The Ukraine needs to find a new leader fast. When you plan to overthrow your government you need a leader who is waiting ready to step in once the action is completed. The country is in turmoil and Russia is adding fuel to the fire.

    The political cartoon below gives a good understanding of what is happening in Crimea. It shows how Russia is trying to steal Crimea away from Ukraine.

  • AshmeetS_3BoydBence

    I think should have a saying in which to show if they want to be in Ukraine or Russia. The people should decide if they think the leader is not doing a good job of giving them the betterment of safety they show overthrow him. The country of Ukraine lies between the borders of European NATO countries and Russia. Ukraine has a rich history with both sides dated back to before Ukraine even broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991. With both sides pressing on it was time to decide wether to grow closer trades with the European Union or to listen to Russia’s promises of incorporating the country into the Eurasian Union.

  • KshitijK_2BoydBence

    What we have here is a corrupt leader. Yanukovych abandoned the Ukrainians and sided with the Russians. This leads us to the question “When do people have the right to overthrow their democratically elected government?” See, the scenario we have here is the perfect example that people should have the right to do so. Yanukovych should have taken to mind the Ukrainian citizens wanting to mind and have taken the E.U deal, but he was too scared. When your leader beails out on you and doesn’t take in account your “wish list” that is when you should be able to over throw him. This political cartoon below symbolizes that Yanukovych was a horrible person. He doesn’t consider what the people want, he does, what he wants.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    What risks does Ukraine face by overthrowing its democratically elected leader?
    By overthrowing their leader, Ukraine ran the risk of looking vulnerable. Russia could have taken the crimean peninsula at any time, and they didn’t. Russia waited until Ukraine looked weak. Now to say if Ukraine should have done it is a different story, and the answer will depend on who you ask. I feel like Ukraine has the right to do what Ukraine wants to do, and if they get invaded for it, well, lets just say hindsight is always 20/20.

    When does a foreign country receive the right to interfere in another country’s internal affairs?
    Never. Russia did not have the right to enter the crimean peninsula, but they did it anyway. The E.U. and the U.S. would agree with me about the invasion and how it was wrong. However, by placing sanctions on Russia they are also involving themselves. But, wait, its okay because Russia did it first. Right? Wrong. It is not our business until it effects us.

    When do people have the right to overthrow their democratically elected government?

    Whenever they want to. If enough people rally together in a country to overthrow theirleader, then that leader needs to be gone.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      i agree

  • Tclark-2boydbence

    Ukraine is a democratic nation which means it has the power to overthrow their leader if the people agree they need to, however that can put them at a risk. Larger nations like Russia had the perfect opportunity to takeover the fazed and potentially unstable nation. Though this opportunity existed it, doesn’t mean any nation has the right to march in and take over. an article states, “U.S. officials say Russia’s actions are in breach of international law, including the nonintervention provisions in the UN Charter; the 1997 Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and Ukraine, which requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity; and the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. ”
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/
    Russia, though many people living in Crimea are of russian descent ( as shown in the map below), is not entitled to that land. For example, even though Texas has a large mexican population, that in no way means Mexico is entitled to invade and take over when an opportunity presents itself.

    Many world leaders have addressed the issue and their disagreement with Russia’s actions and taking steps against it. President Obama states “The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law. Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine. In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” Obama as well as many others agree that the vote in crimea to decide whether they will join russia or stay with ukraine is violating ukraine’s constitution therefore making it illegal. President Francois Hollande of France says, “Ukraine is Ukraine. It is all of Ukraine.” World leaders Agree Ukraine should stay together.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/crimean-call-vote-splitting-ukraine-prompts-international-opposition/

    Nations only have the right to get involved when they see a big issue that interferes with their morals or if the issue could directly or indirectly affect them. They should not get involved just because they think the government could be doing something different or for their own personal gain. In this case Russia had no justified reason to invade, however other countries now have a reasonable issue with what Russia is doing. So For right now I believe that we shouldn’t interfere too much but need to try and help resolve this conflict.

  • BellaP_3boydbence

    Ukraine should be able to overthrow their leader, they are a democratic nation which means they have that right. I understand that the Ukraine has a bigger chance of Russia invading them and taking that risk has a huge consequence.”Russian forces surrounded local military bases last week and ordered Ukrainian troops to disarm” This quote in the article stood out to me and its so simple. This might be a little sign but it’s still a red flag. In my opinion I would say keep the leader because at least they should have that protection, if they decide not to keep him they are being put at higher risk.

  • emily_p_2shuttleboydbence

    Russia should not have had any input on the free trade decision. “Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from a free trade agreement with the European Union (E.U.) under pressure from Russia.” It is not their decision what other countries can and can’t do. By doing so they angered the people of Ukraine and pushed them away from something that could of possibly helped them. The only time another country has the right to interfere with another country’s internal affairs, is when it involves them. Which, in this case, did not. As I said before, this decision angered some people of Ukraine. They wanted to become closer to Europe, but this made it harder. I understand their disappointment, but that does not mean they have the right to overthrow their democratically elected leader. They voted for him to be the president and for him to make decisions like these. They made that decision, so they can not be blaming him for making one to protect his country from potential war.

  • DuncanS_3BoydBence

    I believe that Ukraine has the right to overthrow their leader if they believe the representative does not represent the majority of the people’s best interests. The choice belongs to Ukraine, and Russia has no say in the matter at all. Russia has violated international law by storming into Ukraine, breaching several treaties in the process. We shouldn’t sit by and let Russia do as they please. Putin is a liar and not a very good one. The article says “Putin has denied sending troops into Ukraine, but said Russia has the right to protect its interests in the ethnically Russian part of the country.” Putin is contradicting himself. I wonder if the ethnically Russian people of Ukraine would elect Putin as their leader if they had the choice?

    • DuncanS_3BoydBence

      Lets take a look at this cartoon. The message of this political cartoon is that Russia is doing things that make them get into a worse position in the world, and they don’t realize they are. Russia is in denial and is trying to persuade others to join them by throwing them a lifeline. Ukraine knows it’s not a good idea and is leaving Russia so they don’t go down with the ship. The irony is that Russia says it’s trying to help Ukraine, but really it’s only hurting Ukraine. The symbolism for Russia in this cartoon shows that they are sinking by doing things they are not supposed to. The symbolism for Ukraine in this cartoon shows that Ukraine knows that Russia is doing bad things so they are pulling away. This cartoon proves my point. Russia is trying to tell Ukraine what to do when the choice is Ukraine’s.

  • ClaireG_4boydbence

    A leader, particularly a democratic leader has a job, and that job is to lead and protect their nation. They are to make decisions, keeping in mind the citizens of their great nation and maintaining a secure and “healthy” country. Citizens elect their leader based on if they agree with their thoughts, beliefs, political stance, morals, etc. They are electing a voice. Yes, I know there are several more factors but that is the just of it. Ukrainians ousted their democratically elected leader for a particular reason. A reason that they, as citizens, stand firm in and stand by whole-heartedly. Because they are a democratic nation, the citizens have the power to overthrow their leader. However, this action does not come without risks. Russia and Ukraine are very close in geographical location and Russia still uses parts of the Crimean peninsula, which is owned by Ukraine. Russia, being the large and oh so very powerful country it is, could possibly see this disagreement between the Ukrainian leader and the citizens as an opportunity. A smaller country without a leader that has land you could benefit from, sure! Might as well send your military in there and take over. I do not agree with this, but it’s politics. This is how it works for some reason. One nation see’s an opportunity and they go for it, whether or not its morally correct. This brings me to another point, the only time a country has the right to interfere in another country’s internal affairs, is when and if those affairs affect that nation. If this free trade dispute that is taking place in Ukraine affects Russia, Russia has the right to interfere. However, if it has nothing to do with Russia, Russia needs to stay out of it. If Ukraine were to ask another country to help, then if that country decides to proceed with this request they can interfere with permission. However, they should only go as far as the Ukraine asks them to. This applies to all countries, not just the Ukraine and Russia.

  • PeytonP_4BoydBence

    Yanukovych, the president of the Ukraine did not put his people first, but himself. He didn’t care about making them happy, so they took it into their own hands. When the Ukraine overthrew their democratically elected president they had to know the risks of doing it. Once they did they not only looked vulnerable, they became vulnerable. When this happened Russia took over the Crimean Peninsula. Other nations should not be able to interfere with another nation. It isn’t right.

  • Tayla_k_4BoydBence

    Ukraine faces many risks by overthrowing their leader. Now that their leader is gone who is going to lead the country? This is an opportunity for many to try to take over or to dictate the country. This could turn into anarchy because their are no rules and no one to tell them what to do, it will be chaotic and will eventually lead to dictatorship. Because Ukraine is now a vulnerable country, other bigger and stronger countries can use this opportunity to try to take advantage of the other country. Foreign countries usually don’t have the right to interfere, but many still do. I honestly think that if the countries leader is being unfair to the people, then they should expect the worst cause the people should have the right to overthrow their unfair leader.

  • DorianM_3boydbence

    I believe that Ukraine had the right to overthrow Yanukovych. He was no longer representing Ukraine country. So he doesn’t need to lead.
    But by doing that they are taking risks by overthrowing Yanukovych
    by overthrowing Yanukovych. If they dont fix it soon they will soon turned into an anarchy because there is no one to lead so no rules to follow.
    Ukraine has no one to lead which makes them a easy country to take over.
    “Russia considers EU efforts to expand eastward to Ukraine”,
    If they dont get a leader soon Russia will take over
    They can use this opportunity to try to take advantage of Urkanie Foreign countries usually don’t have the right to interfere but that doesnt seem like that right will stop them.

  • AlexW_2boydbence

    Ukraine is a democratic democracy. The citizens have a or at least should have a right to make their leader step down. Now that that’s been discussed, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. It is not independent of Ukraine, so whatever Ukraine does, Crimea does. Finally, for any war wonderers, war is a high possibility. I will say nothing more.

  • NWeix-1stboydbence

    If he was elected and completely went against everything they were expecting/what they wanted, they have every right to get rid of hum, the problem is more of replacing him as no leaders normally leads to a unbalanced or collapsing country. I also feel that outside countries have the right to interfere with Ukraine when the affairs go beyond the borders of the country.

  • IsabellaV_3boydbence

    As a democratic nation, Ukraine has the power to overthrow their leader. A leader is supposed to make the best choices for their country, and President Yanukovych didn’t do that. He instead decided not to agree to the free trade agreement with the E.U. “… polls show more than 50 percent of citizens would now like to get closer to Europe” said in the introduction. The President has already fled and there is an interim, so it would make sense for Ukraine to overthrow President Yanukovych. There is the risk of being more vulnerable because Ukraine is kind of unstable at this moment right now, and Russia will take the opportunity to invade them.

  • Guest

    I do believe people have the right to overthrow their government when the government is threatening them or doing something they’re not supposed to be doing. Although, I do also believe that if Ukraine overthrows their democratic leader, they will be facing a lot of risks. In the end, they are a democracy and should be able to vote on what they want, therefore they should be able to overthrow their leader if they really want to. The article up above states, “. Rioting in Kiev has resulted in the deaths of more than 70 protesters, though actual numbers remain inconclusive. Since then, President Yanukovych has fled the country.” Therefore, If Ukraine has a bad leader, why keep him? The political cartoon below shows Russia as bigger and stronger than Ukraine’s leader. Obviously showing he’s a bad leader because he’s stepping down and actling like a little wimp. Therefore showing, Ukraine’s people should have the right to overthrow him if they desire to.

    • KaraP_Per2_BoydBence

      I agree. Ukraine has a right to overthrow their leader, but doing so is very risky. I believe it is worth the risk to overthrow their leader. Why have a leader that doesn’t represent what you believe? Their leader was siding with Russia, but Russia is now trying to take Crimea from Ukraine, so regardless if they overthrew him or not Russia was basically in charge. However by overthrowing their leader Russia is only in charge of Crimea, not all of Ukraine. I don’t think Russia has the right to just come in and take over part of Ukraine but I do think Ukraine is still better off than before, whether Crimea does officially become apart of Russia or not. “The crisis stems from more than twenty years of weak governance, a lopsided economy dominated by oligarchs, heavy reliance on Russia, and sharp differences between Ukraine’s linguistically, religiously, and ethnically distinct eastern and western halves.” ( found on http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/background-briefing-ukraine-crisis/ ) As you can see from this quote, Ukraine has had problems for far too long, they are better off without Yanukovych. They need to sort these problems out with a leader that will represent them accurately.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

      yeah i agree with you but i also see a problem not do over throwing to him because he is a putt it and he could do a lot of damage but so would a war so it losing situation

    • ColeW_4BoydBence

      I absolutely agree with you, but I believe that war shouldn’t be the answer. From the results of the leader being overthrown shouldn’t push riots. They have the right to over throw but the side effect could be devastating.

    • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree with you completely. They are a democratic country and have the right to over through their leader if they feel that he is not doing his job. I also think that they should’ve had a back up plan before they over threw him. Right now there are a lot of countries that will look at this situation and take advantage of it.

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree with you the citizens of Ukraine have the right to get rid of their leader, while they have the power to do so I think that they should have thought twice about this action. As you stated there are now many protest and quite a bit of violence. This is making it unsafe for people to raise their children and to live in these rural areas that are breaking out in violence. That’s why I agree with you, the citizens have the power to release Oleksandr Turchynov from his duty, they should have kept him in office for it is far worse without him.

      This link shows what the U.S. is doing with Russia to prevent them from invading Crimea:

      http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ukraine/

    • MaxP_3boyd_bence

      I agree with you the citizens of Ukraine have the right to get rid of their leader, while they have the power to do so I think that they should have thought twice about this action. As you stated there are now many protest and quite a bit of violence. This is making it unsafe for people to raise their children and to live in these rural areas that are breaking out in violence. That’s why I agree with you, the citizens have the power to release Oleksandr Turchynov from his duty, they should have kept him in office for it is far worse without him. As the picture below shows how Russia will treat them.

      This link shows what the U.S. is doing with Russia to prevent them from invading Crimea:

      http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ukraine/

    • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

      I agree completely, if the people of Ukraine feel that he is not fit for the job, they should have the right to oust him from his position.

    • ErinB_2boydbence

      I agree with you. Especially that Ukraine is a Democracy, and they should be able to vote on what they want. If they want to overthrow there leader because he’s not doing what he’s supposed to be doing, let the people of Ukraine do that. They should have the right to do what ever they want.

  • ColinB_3BoydBence

    In my opinion i think that Ukraine had the right to overthrow there leader if they had a reason for doing it, but by doing so it puts them in a situation of other countries taking advantage of them. Also as seen on the news, Russia has already taken advantage of the Crimean Peninsula. This has been happening because of the lack of authority for leadership going through Ukraine making other country’s want to become the new leader of Ukraine. But also, i believe the head authority should have the right to have a vote on his impeachment from office like america does

  • TrinityS_Per3_BoydBence

    First of all, a country should only get to overthrow their leader if that person is jeopardizing the safety, mind, or well being of the citizens. Turning down a trade offer is upsetting, and it can be seen as a good reason to protest. But now that the people have overthrown their leader, there is no one to take up the E.U.’s offer. Without a leader and only a temporary and prime minister, this puts Ukraine in a form of anarchy. Anarchy is a very unstable form of government and can often lead to war between members of the country or neighboring countries, which is never a good thing. So right now, no one including Ukraine has a good idea of where they’re headed. This leads me to my next point about Russia’s involvement with the situation. I believe it’s okay for Russia to protect their country and even protect the political leaders of other countries, but they don’t get to invade a country that doesn’t belong to them. Below is a comic that expresses the current relationship between Russia and Ukraine. There is also a video clip from The Tonight Show that discusses the issue, but with a comedic twist.
    Comic: http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/7/N/G/6/Ukraine-and-Russia.jpg
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmIUm1E4OcI

  • Melody_M_2boydbence

    By getting rid of their leader ukraine has a lack of leadership making it open for other countries to take advantage. I think ukraine does have the right to over through their leader. They are a democratic country and should have the right to over throw the democratic leader. If they want to be open to other threats and get them self into trouble then let them.

  • ChristianH_2boydbence

    As a country completely divided culturally,and politically Ukraine’s Crimea is a wary set of grounds. To the west, over 75% ethnic Russian on the east under 5% ethnic Russian. Their former leader Viktor Yanukovych a completely pro-Russian and puppet to Putin signed off to allow Crimea to annex into Russia, Ukraine’s people protested so fiercly that he was forced out of office and a pro-Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov was put into office. This whole strife was caused by pro-Ukraine populations protesting the 15 million bailout for joining the Russian federation, which was no where near as beneficial as joining the European Alliance. Now since Viktor Yanukovych has been forced out of office for not doing right by the people and newly found embezzlement from the goverment the people are in an internal strife. Half wish to join the Russian Federation and half want to stay within Ukraine. This internal strife causes issues not only for Ukraine now becoming an easy target but for our naval allies surrounding. Ukraine is right in the middle between Russia and lands such as Poland and Romania. But even through all the suffering the root cause is righteous. Both sides are and have felt threatened, they were and are now fighting for what they believe to be right. West felt threatened by their pro-Russian leader so they protested him out, now the East feels threatened by their pro-Ukraine leader and his trying to stop the Russians and their takeover.”U.S. and European union officials immediately rejected the results after early exit polls saying the international community shall respond with concrete measures

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    Ukraine does have the right to overthrow their leader. They are a democracy and if they deem the leader unworthy to lead their country, then they have every right to overthrow their current leader. There are risks that Ukraine has taken and there are risks involved in this crisis. Now with the leader out of the way, other countries can come and claim Ukraine and Crimea as their own. As Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked Putin to retract his military forces and warned that “We are on the brink of disaster.” I don’t think it was appropriate for Russia to come and try and claim Ukraine in the middle of a crisis and the worst part about it is the Prime Minister already asked Putin to retreat forces, but he isn’t backing down. The Prime Minister asked for help from NATO and they agreed to help Ukraine. Even though I think that other countries should not interfere in countries’ affairs, this is a desperate crisis.

  • Claire S 2

    While I believe they have every right to overthrow their leader, having no-one to lead them causes a lot of problems as well. It makes it easier for anarchy to start, or for another country to take control in any way necessary, whether it’s a hostile takeover or not.
    This causes a lot of problems for the country, and if they don’t find a new leader soon, there could be a lot more problems than just what’s already happening.

    • MadelynR_3boydbence

      I agree Claire they had every right to let go of their government because of the recent problems that was going on. I also agree with the fact that it would be easier to start there anarchy.

      • MikeM_3boydbence

        I also agree with what your saying. Any problems that happen in there government is there fault. But also overthrowing there president is something I agree with. He made a dumb decision which upset his citizens which made him get over thrown.

  • GianS_Per2_BoydBence

    This cartoon shows Putin slowly tearing Ukraine apart and claiming it for himself.
    http://www.cagle.com/tag/russian-federation/

  • Ryan_R_2BoydBence

    By getting rid of their Democratic leader, Ukraine has taken the chance for other countries to take advantage of the lack of leadership. They are already an independent country, and Russia has absolutely NO right to take them over once again.

    In this political cartoon, it symbolises that now that Putin see’s that the ukrainians are happy and at peace, he has to take them back when they don’t want too.

    http://media.cagle.com/107/2014/02/25/144862_600.jpg

  • DevonD_2boydbence

    By overthrowing Ukraines democratically elected leader, Ukraine runs the route of being open to other countries to take advantage of the lack of leadership in their very unbalanced country. Countries should only have the right to interfere if they are asked to step in or if there are a great deal of deaths. Other than that other countries need to just step back and give Ukraine some space, watch from the sideline, just in case any other countries decide to step in. Otherwise if countries don’t stay back than they can also get themselves into this big mess. For about year, President Viktor Yanukovych was hesitant on signing a free trade agreement with the European Union. But on November 21, he decided to suspend talks with the EU. The deal, “Eastern Partnership,” would have created closer political ties and generated economic growth. Many Ukrainians were outraged, they protested the streets demanding Yanukovych sign the deal. These protestor have every right to try and overthrow their government. They had a chance to have a free trade agreement but pulled away pressured by russia. About 50% of protesters would like to get closer to Europe. Wouldn’t you?

    Some of the facts I used are from the website below VVVV

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/18/world/europe/ukraine-protests-explainer/

  • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

    Ok a democracy is when you
    elect and official to represent you and make choices when they stop making the
    right chooses for country they should be taken out of power. So I think that
    yes for this lack of leadership he should be taken out of power because he
    didn’t have the interest of the people in mind the issue is Russia is manipulated Ukraine is essentially becoming a part of Russia again. So Ukraine should be able to take a person that is being manipulated
    out of power.

    • Tosterhout_period2_boyd_bence

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  • Maeve_K_Period2

    Since Ukraine is a democratic country, I think they had the right to oust Yanukovich. If the majority of the nation believes that they should form closer ties the EU, than they should have a leader who will listen to them. Yanukovich was “protected” by Russia and they helped in his fleeing of Ukraine. Also, a surprising 60% of Ukraine’s two million residents are Russian, and Crimea is home to nearly 1/4 of Russia’s navy. The close intermingling of Ukrainian and Russian cultures in Crimea has posed an inevitible confrontation between the neighboring nations and disputes as to which country Crimea belongs in. The so-called “self defense” forces in unmarked uniforms who descended on the region are believed to be working for the Russian government. “Crimea has always been a part of Russia,” says Putin. On March 18th, Putin signed a treaty adding Crimea to Russia, which is expected to be ratified in the near future. Many Crimean citizens are happy about this and say they are “freed.” Kiev’s reaction however is not positive. They say that WWII started with annexation as well. Overall, I think that Ukraine’s ousting of their president leaves them vulnerable to other countries such as Russia to take advantage of them.

  • HunterE_Per 2_BoydBence

    In my opinion, it is okay that they overthrew their leader. I understand why they did such a thing. If they didn’t like their leader, then I see no problem that they got rid of him. BUT, it is not okay that Russia is trying to take them over.
    It does not matter that they do not have a leader at the moment. Just because that is a factor at the moment does not mean Russia has the right to do such a thing. They can not take over a part of another country just because they want to. It doesn’t work like that. Ukraine is not some item that you can just take whenever you like. It is a country filled with actual people. They have rights. And by trying to take them over, you are taking away their rights and breaking yours.

  • MikeM_3boydbence

    With ukraine throwing out there leader they have made a mistake. People have died having conflicts with Western protesters. They also seem to very weak since they have no president. If I was in the ukraine I would have helped them overthrow our leader because of the decision he made. If all the people wanted to go to Europe he should had just have done that instead of being loyal to Putin. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2014/02/ukrainians-overthrow-their-president/

  • lilliand_3_boydbence

    Having Ukraine get rid of their Democratic leader was a smart, but they need more of a stable process. People throw out their leaders when they betray them, lie to them, or do something very inapropiate when you are the leader. other countries are going to take advantage of the country now that there is no leader at the moment.

  • MadelynR_3boydbence

    If they get rid of their democratic leader they will be putting them self’s in a situation where people can take over their leadership of the unstapled country. The problem
    with this is that Russia has already taken advantage of in the Peninsula. They
    should have the right to over throw because of the lies that he had said to
    there country. They wouldn’t be able to carry on and be a stable if they didn’t have a leader to control them.

  • Luke_A_Period3

    This political cartoon shows the hypocrisy in the what the United States has done. In each and every one of those situations we entered them because they were in a state of unrest. However, this shows that when we went to enter Ukraine, Russia was already their, protecting them from the U.S. and the United States became angry. Which is unfair

  • alexm_3boydbence

    I do believe people have the right to overthrow their government when the government is threatening them or doing something they’re not supposed to be doing. Although, I do also believe that if Ukraine overthrows their democratic leader, they will be facing a lot of risks. In the end, they are a democracy and should be able to vote on what they want, therefore they should be able to overthrow their leader if they really want to. The article up above states, “. Rioting in Kiev has resulted in the deaths of more than 70 protesters, though actual numbers remain inconclusive. Since then, President Yanukovych has fled the country.” Therefore, If Ukraine has a bad leader, why keep him? The political cartoon below shows Russia as bigger and stronger than Ukraine’s leader. Obviously showing he’s a bad leader because he’s stepping down and actling like a little wimp. Therefore showing, Ukraine’s people should have the right to overthrow him if they desire to.

  • ColeW_4BoydBence

    By dropping the democratic leader out of their picture in Ukraine. They will be targeted by many countries. They have almost no power in their system they have fallen deep and now they are almost gone. They will be taken advantage of and beaten down by the surrounding countries. But people have the right to overthrow their democratic leaders. If they aren’t bringing joy to their country I believe they should be able to toss them.

  • Lawsonzper3boydbence

    This entire situation is so complicated. First
    lets look at it in the way of is it ok for Crimea to throw out their leader. It
    is not ok for them to take him out until he has broken their constitution, but
    if he does then it is ok for that to happen.

    But now look at the main problem of Russia in
    Crimea. Just to recap this last week Russia has been in the area of Crimea this
    last week. During this time they had Crimea vote to see if they wanted to
    become part of Russia and the voting was rigged not only were their more votes
    made then people in the area. The other problems were that they had pre-filled
    out pallets and they also had some that only had the choice to vote for the
    annexation. You may be asking your self “why would Russia be doing this they
    already are the biggest country in the world.” Well as of lately Russia has had
    a pretty bad economy but in this last year Crimea has just nationalized their
    energy creation. Also this would give them a much better port to the only warm
    water sea that they are next to. Many countries as of this happening have been
    dismissing treaties with Russia and adding sanctions to try and make them not
    want to do it.

  • SpencerH_4

    I think it was dumb for them to throw their leader out because they don’t have a leader now! They don’t have anyone making decisions except maybe the people who over threw him! And now they are in threat to be attacked by another country! it was just a all around terrible decision. And to compare to the us there are people who don’t like obama or obama care but you don’t see or hear them trying to over throw the government. you don’t see them planning to over throw them or anything like that. The people of ukraine should have been more civil like the united states people just because they don’t like the decisions by the president doesn’t mean you over throw him. you just wait till next election to get a new one like civil people.

  • RaagP_4BoydBence

    Democratic leaders are elected by the people, those people make decisions that are best for the country. If a lot of people are unhappy with the the leader, they do have the right to overthrow him/her. This article says that “demonstrators took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev to protest Yanukovych, who they saw as blocking progress.” If a democratic leader is “blocking progress”, then they’re not doing their job correctly. A democratic leader should be doing the exact opposite of blocking progress. I believe that if people wanted to overthrow the leader, they should be able to do so in a peaceful environment. Not with Russian propaganda and soldiers everywhere.

  • taylor shropshire

    Ukraine is a democratic country so they should be able to over throw him if it a majority of people want him to be kicked out then they should be able to kick him out .The problem is finding a new leader to take over. either there will be no leader for until we find one or he is gonna have to stay in charge. I think that other countries have the right to invade when the people want them to.

    • lilliand_3_boydbence

      I agree with you that they need to find another type of leadership pretty quickly

  • ChristenW_BoydBence

    There are an almost unlimited number of things that could happen when trying to overthrow a government. One of the best things that could happen to the rebels would be that the government steps down without violence, though that happens extremely rarely. One of the worst things that could happen to the rebels would be that they are forced to fight in a very bloody war and do not end up winning it, like in the civil war.

    However, when it comes to something as important as international ties, there are sacrifices that need to be made, such as the the overthrowing of Ukraine’s minister. Since Europe for the most part is wealthy and powerful,it would be very beneficial to Ukraine to become a part of it.

  • Guest

    There are an almost unlimited number of things that could happen when trying to overthrow a government. One of the best things that could happen to the rebels would be that the government steps down without violence, though that happens extremely rarely. One of the worst things that could happen to the rebels would be that they are forced to fight in a very bloody war and do not end up winning it, like in the civil war.

    However, when it comes to something as important as international ties, there are sacrifices that need to be made, such as the the overthrowing of Ukraine’s minister. Since Europe for the most part is wealthy and powerful,it would be very beneficial to Ukraine to become a part of it.

    • taylor_w_2nd

      I agree with you and believe that a change is very necessary. A new leader is must. International ties are nothing to mess with, or play around with. I also believe Europe is wealthy enough and powerful enough to pull through.

  • ChristenW_BoydBence

    There are an almost unlimited number of things that could happen when trying to overthrow a government. One of the best things that could happen to the rebels would be that the government steps down without violence, though that happens extremely rarely. One of the worst things that could happen to the rebels would be that they are forced to fight in a very bloody war and do not end up winning it, like in the civil war.

    However, when it comes to something as important as international ties, there are sacrifices that need to be made, such as the the overthrowing of Ukraine’s minister. Since Europe for the most part is wealthy and powerful,it would be very beneficial to Ukraine to become a part of it…

  • SydneyA_Per4_BoydBence

    Ukraine is a democratic country, their leaders are elected by the people. If the people believe that the leader is not doing their job then I believe that they have the right to overthrow him or her. This article says that “demonstrators took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kiev to protest Yanukovych, who they saw as blocking progress.” I also think that they should have a backup plan when this happens, you can’t just wing it. That almost never ends well. You need to know the events that will follow after you do so. Ukraine is without a leader at the moment, and with that other countries will try to take advantage of their situation. Ukraine can follow under Anarchy without a leader and then they can eventually fall under Dictatorship. Neither of these situations are suitable to live under. Ukraine should figure what they are going to do and quick before something worse happens.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that if they want to they should be allowed to overthrow their democratically elected leader. If he isn’t keeping his promises and isn’t benefitting the citizens they should be allowed to. If they’re going to run him out of office they should be prepared to deal with the consequences of doing so, such as countries targeting them.

    • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

      I agree completely. The citizens should do what benefits them as a nation, but only if they’re ready to face the consequences of doing so.

  • MadiT_Per3_BoydBence

    The point of having a
    democratic government is being able to vote on your leaders and have a say in
    the laws that control you. If the government is still a true democracy (which
    is what the questions states) then the country should not be overthrowing the
    leader. They should be waiting until the next voting occurs so that it can change.
    In the United States, there have been plenty of presidents, including our
    current one, that have caused damage to our country, but unless they were
    impeached, there was never someone overthrown. This is because the people are
    the ones that made the decision, so even if it turns out differently than you
    had once expected, you do not have the right to overthrow them. Now this is a
    different case if the leader begins to abuse his power and the government is no
    longer a democracy. Overthrowing their leader may get rid of a few issues the
    country is facing, but Ukraine will face worse issues when the new leader is
    not what they expect. When a non-dictator is overthrown, they are usually
    replaced by a dictator, making the situation a lot worse than it was before. Other
    countries have the right to interfere when there is actual, proven, and
    documented proof of human right atrocities. Russia is claiming that the people
    of Ukraine have had their human rights abused but they have no real
    documentation of anyone doing so. Not only are they violating Ukraine law, but
    international law as well. Anything that will determine the future of Ukraine
    must be determined by the legitimate government of Ukraine, not anyone else.
    (said by Barak Obama). President
    Francois Hollande of France said “Ukraine is Ukraine. It is ALL of Ukraine.”
    Russia is expanding their borders, gaining more and more power, not paying
    attention to laws that stand in their way. It may be too late for Crimea since
    other countries that have said what Putin is doing is wrong are not doing
    enough to stop him.

  • JTM_3boydbence

    I do believe that the people of the Ukraine should have a right to over throw there government. If the people are voting and have representation they should be able to disced if they want to over throw the government. Now I do believe that the people of the Ukraine should get to pick witch ever side they want to be on.

  • MaxP_3boyd_bence

    Since Ukraine’s Democratic leader Oleksandr Turchynov has fled, Russia has been looking at this as an opportunity to seize more power. Russia has been trying everything in their power to make it possible to invade Crimea. Ukraine has now made themselves venerable to other powerful and ruthless countries. Ukrainians should have thought about the consequences of outing their leader. But when I say this I mean majority of Ukrainians, because I am sure that others would have thought differently, and I cant assume that all of Ukrainians wanted Oleksandr Turchyno because they thought of the consequences. Since Ukraine is a democratic country, they elect a leader, since the people of Ukraine have chosen Oleksandr Turchyno as their once leader, all of this traces back to the people of Ukraine. So I do not think that Ukrainians should have ousted their leader, since the result of that has mainly been chaos and violence in their own country.

    This link hear shows what progress the U.S has made with Russia on invading Crimea:

    http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/ukraine/

  • JTM_3boydbence

    This showing what america could gain from having the Ukraine. It also shows what the Ukraine can get from America.

  • Guest

    This meme represents how little the US and Obama are doing to stop Russia from invading Ukraine. Whether you believe the US should be doing something or not, this is how our president is handling it.

  • JacobF_Per4_BoydBence

    I think that if they want to they should be allowed to overthrow their democratically elected leader. If he isn’t keeping his promises and isn’t benefitting the citizens they should be allowed to. If they’re going to run him out of office they should be prepared to deal with the consequences of doing so, such as countries targeting them. In the cartoon it shows that Russia and the EU both want to try and gain control over Ukraine.

  • Julie_B_2_BenceBoyd

    I think that Ukraine risks unnecessary
    violence by overthrowing its democratically elected leader, and more
    importantly, it will lose it’s freedoms.
    The introduction video shows soldiers who are pro-Russian attacking
    Ukrainian
    civilians and soldiers, which is clearly unnecessary
    violence. Russia has a history of ignoring human rights and freedom of the
    press. In addition, riots have recently become even more violent leading to
    more than 70 deaths of protestors.
    I believe that foreign countries
    have the right to interfere in other countries internal affairs when the United
    nations take a vote on whether it’s okay to interfere when a country breaks
    international laws. When the United Nations vote that it is okay to interfere,
    that is when a country can have the right to interfere. Like when the United
    Nations were discussing what to do with the problem in Syria during resent
    events.
    My opinion on whether people have
    the right to overthrow their democratically elected government is Never,
    because the government is of the people and they can vote for new
    representatives. We vote for who we like or what we want in a government,
    overthrowing the government we elected would only cause havoc to arise.

  • MaggieS-2boydbence

    When a country had little to know power of its own or is being invaded by a bigger stronger country they have no chance against this is when we must help. America is known to be a helping hand to many countries that can help themselves. We should keep that persona by helping Ukraine fight again russia to remain it own county. In the political cartoon shown below has Putin singing about how he has the country Georgia and how he can take Ukraine with no problem just like Georgia. We need to change that we need to help ukraine fight for its rights and be the strong america that we are perceived as.

  • Shemar_D_2BoydBence

    By throwing out their leader they run many risks. One major risk is that they could go into anarchy before another leader takes over. This isn’t an ridiculous thought as their current state is terrible. They also run the risk of Russia taking them over, russia would not hesitate for it. A country should be able to interfere with other countries when the country is hurting its people, that should be the only reason. And people have the right to out their democratically elected leader when he’s doing a terrible job.. Whats the point of keeping him around if he isn’t doing a good job?

  • Nicholas_M_Period1

    Throwing out their leader was a good idea no doubt; by denying opportunities to strengthen Ukraine’s relationship with the EU and trying to be more and more Russian they are putting his citizens and the world in danger, but throwing their leader out has caused more unrest within their country and left them more prone to an invasion by Russia (which has happened within Crimea). Russia claims to be protecting their oil but there is easier ways to go about that. Ukraine is in great danger and we have seen tons of riots and within Ukraine and Russian forces stepping in (which shouldn’t be happening as they are only trying to benefit themselves) and throwing out their leader may lead to less riot police which could in turn cause more deaths as riots get out of hand. Even though they have formed a new government it will take time for them to fully get into power and get settled so kicking their president out right now was not the best idea but it was a necessary step in order to better their relations with the EU.

  • CallieH_2BoydBence

    While them ousting their leader this way could and is causing trouble, they should be allowed to overthrow their leader. They elected him and if the want him out of power they should have the choice. However, with everything that is going on, they should have done it in a more orderly fashion rather than rioting and getting violent. Ukraine is taking a quite risky move. Obviously, as stated in the article and the various news channels we have available, Russia is taking the opportunity while the government is shaky, to rush in and take some territory. Riots have become violent, and ousting their leader this way could and/or is causing trouble and/or more trouble, they should be allowed to overthrow their leader. They elected him and if the want him to go away they should have the choice. However, they should have done it in a more orderly fashion rather than rioting and becoming violent. If the ruler is being unfair, unjust, tyrannical, or just plain lied about his intentions then go ahead. Off with his position of power!
    But the fact remains that foreign countries do not have the right to interfere in another country’s internal affairs. Unless they are asked for advice, or the country is in so much turmoil that do not do so would be equivalent to suicide and the affairs are effecting the neighboring country, then maybe. But not like this. Not for your own selfish means of gaining territory or whatever else you’re trying to do.

  • Trent_H_Period3 Boyd?/Bence?

    I do believe that they should have ousted their leader for the actions and decisions he has made for his country. The people of Ukraine have this right since their president made foolish decisions knowing that his people will rebel but thinking to himself that everything will turn out just fine.

  • Nicholas_M_Period1

    I agree, this was not the best time to do this and now Crimea has been taken over by Russia. Once they threw him out they had to scramble together a government which in turn leaves it open to possible corruption if they don’t set up right further hurting them. They have lost Crimea and now we just have to hope Russia doesn’t try to further take over Ukraine because they may be trying to resurrect the U.S.S.R

  • taylor_w_2nd

    Leaders elected democratically always face the possibility of impeachment, especially when lies and corruption are involved during their time in power after election. Yes, it is true, Ukrainian citizens elected Viktor Yanukovych, but he has not kept his campaign promises. He has been involved in shady corruption, not allowing for progress as a nation. In the eyes of its citizen, the man they elected is no longer the man holding office. This gives them every right to replace their president with someone they feel will allow for the growth and progress they need. After seeing this, Yanukovych fled Kiev and took himself out of the game before the citizens could even benched him. The way he returned was unethical and uncalled for, making him look even worse. He has lied to his people and lost their trust. He has backed himself into this corner and deserves everything coming to him.

  • Brent_L_Per1

    In my opinion it is not only unwise but illegal for Crimea to join Russia. I don’t think Russia cares about the people of Crimea, they only care about expanding their land and gaining a good position on the Black Sea. Crimea has no right to do this either, according to the Ukrainian constitution they are not allowed to just leave and join russia. Not only is it illegal but it doesn’t make sense. When they’re part of Ukraine they have the chance of receiving benefits from the EU and being able to have a say in politics, while with Russia it seems like every representative has the same opinion as decisions are often made unanimously and it isn’t even really questioned. They have done this in the past too, Russia went into a five day long war in order to gain control of Georgia. I think Putin is nostalgic of the old USSR days and wants his Russia to be as powerful as the old Russia was. They waited 5 years since the Russo-Georgian war but who knows what they’ll go for after Crimea. In the attached political cartoon the artist pokes fun at Russia over they’re nostalgia of the “good ol’ USSR” and saying if they go “taking back” their old land they’ll end up all the way at Alaska.

  • MichelleS_3_boydbence

    Ukraine did have the right to ousted their president since they are a democratic country. If the majority of the country wants to grow closer to Ukraine, then President Viktor Yanukovych should have listened to them. As a president you should listen to what the people of your country want, not what you want. I attached a picture of Ukraine’s census. As you can see there has never been a large amount of Russian people living in Ukraine. Since not a huge amount of Russians live in Ukraine, then I believe that Russia does not have the right whatsoever to take control or claim Ukraine as theirs. Even though a country should be able to choose to take down their president, there are some negatives of doing that. It leaves the country vulnerable to other countries such as Russia to take advantage of them.

  • ErinB_2boydbence

    There are a lot of risks that come along with over throwing the elected leader: there have been similar issues in the middle east that we can relate to, one I believe would be Egypt. Riots broke out. My opinion is that if a country is not involved in a countries issues or internal affairs from the start, then they should not jump in. The issue is between Russia, Ukraine and Europe(mostly because Ukraine is a part of Europe) and it should remain that way. The people should have the right to overthrow their leader, if they don’t believe he is a good leader figure for their country.

  • Beatriz Vargas

    The danger of overthrowing any government is that it might be replaced with something far worse. #DoNowUKRAINE #Cossey459