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The cloak room in Ukraine’s parliament was not equipped to handle so many bullet proof vests. By lunch time on Friday, the racks began to sag under the weight of them all, as the lawmakers and journalists kept arriving in body armor. At last the attendant gave up, cleared some space on the floor and made a pile of Kevlar. “Just remember what yours looks like,” the nervous woman said.
But when the session was over, many of the lawmakers felt they didn’t need them anymore. The country they discovered upon leaving the parliament had been transformed. The revolution that began three months ago – and left at least 70 dead from gunshot wounds in the last two days – was all but over. The ruling party of President Viktor Yanukovych had capitulated to the revolutionaries on almost every front and, perhaps like a fairytale prince in reverse, the President…
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