Czech press survey - February 21


21.02.2014 07:32

Prague - All Czech papers analyse the latest developments in Ukraine, pushed to the brink of civil war.


Náměstí Nezávislosti v ukrajinském Kyjevě zmítaném násilnostmi. ČTK/AP Efrem Lukatsky

The European Union is extinguishing the fire it lit up, though with the best intentions, when trying to push Ukraine artificially to the West, Petr Pesek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).

It tried to attract Ukraine with painful reforms in the judiciary, economy and the civil service, which are far from being attractive, Pesek writes.

It offered financial help that is not sufficient, he adds.

From the other side, Ukraine is being crushed by the Russian boulder, Pesek writes.

However, when the Russian enticement succeeded, Moscow was unable to put down the violent reaction, he adds.

Ukraine's partition would be a tragedy, especially for its Western, primarily agricultural part, Pesek writes.

One can hardly imagine the EU to be ready and able to sustain it financially for years, he adds.

The departure of compromised Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych may be a solution, Pesek writes.

Besides, a symbolical deployment of international forces sent in agreement by the West and Russia may be also part of the solution, he adds.

The whole Ukraine is losing, including Yanukovych and his government that are most responsible for the current escalation of the crisis, Michal Mocek writes in Pravo.

The West's appeals that Ukraine must decide on whether to make Europe or Russia as its model are wrong, Mocek writes.

Actually, the country is facing a much more disastrous choice than even the worst "Russian scenario," he adds.

If the violence in Kiev is not stopped, Ukraine will face the choice between a brutal regime and a decaying state opening the space for anarchy and arbitrariness, Mocek writes.

The EU is indirectly responsible for the tragedy as it has succumbed to the illusion that it is possible to conclude a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin that may be advantageous for both sides, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

However, it has turned out again that Russia does not recognise any "win-win" result, preferring the strategy "the winner grabs all," Honzejk writes.

Due to the Russian pressure and the European hesitancy (with the honorable exceptions of Sweden and Poland), the frightened public is watching what is going on in the streets of Kiev and other Ukrainian towns, he adds.

It should be pointed to the aspect highlighted by U.S. historian Timothy Snyder: Ukrainians are ready to sacrifice themselves for the hope that they will become members of the EU, Honzejk writes.

They perceive it in its original sense: as a space of guaranteed freedom and democracy, he adds.

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