What are the Russian interests in influencing/controlling the Ukrainian politics?

When talking about Ukrainian politics in general from the time before the orange revolution until the more recent developments with Euromaidan in 2014 and the regime change going hand in hand, western society is confronted with a serious issue of remembering politician names and matching their correspondent political profiles. Also referred to as the grand who is who of Ukrainian politics. Let’s list some of the most important actors of the recent decade:

Yanukovych, Milošević, Poroshenko, Yushchenko, Kuchma, Tymoshenko, Saakashvili… There certainly exist more names and I can promise as much as it would get even more confusing if I would just list the former prime ministers, but if you have not already questioned yourself “why are Milošević and Saakashvili mentioned?” then I have obviously proven a point.

Let’s cross out the former president of Serbia Milošević and the former president of Georgia Saakashvili to reduce the circle of personalities. This leaves us still with Yushchenko, Kuchma, Yanukovych, Tymoshenko, Poroshenko! Despite being all politicians they differ from each other in their political preferences and tendencies.

At least when talking about Russian politics Putin, the mass media stylized enemy of the American unipolar world remains notorious to most humankind.

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