Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

Bernd Johann: Moscow won’t let Ukraine go

Bernd Johann: Moscow won't let Ukraine go

Ukrainian servicemen take part in military parade rehearsal in the centre of Kyiv on August 19, 2016. Ukraine marks the 25th anniversary of its Independence on August 24, 2016.

Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

For several days in August 1991, the world held its breath and turned its eyes to Moscow. Tanks were rolling through the streets of the capital. Some wanteo take down the reformer, General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, and snatch power away from him. They failed, and with them went the Soviet Union. A multinational state from Lviv, Ukraine, in the west to Vladivostok in the far east was established by force.

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