Daily VideoJanuary 27, 2014
Protest Riots Spread Across Ukraine
The anti-government protests and riots in Ukraine have spread from the capital Kiev to nearly half the nation. President Viktor Yanukovych offered concessions to protesters, but the opposition movement declared they won’t stop until he steps down from office.
The rallies started more than two months ago, after the president rejected a deal that would have created closer ties with the European Union. The move strengthened ties with Russia, angering those within the country who think Ukraine should break ties with its old Soviet partners and modernize.
The protests also signal an internal political schism, as protests are only active in the part of the country that did not vote for President Yanukovych in the 2010 elections. Ukraine has a strict dividing line that separates political alliances, as seen in the map created by the Washington Post’s Max Fisher.
Over the weekend, President Yanukovych tried to appease protesters by offering to make two opposition leaders prime minister and deputy prime minister, vowing to change the country’s harsh anti-protest laws and amend the constitution to give more power to parliament.
However, the opposition summarily rejected the offer via Twitter in what the Washington Post said, “has to be one of the first (the first?) time[s] an opposition leader in high level political negotiations responded to an offer from the country’s head of state with an “@” post on Twitter.”
— Arseniy Yatsenyuk (@Yatsenyuk_AP) January 25, 2014
Warm up questions
- Where is Ukraine? Which countries surround it? What are some differences between eastern and western Europe?
- Demonstrators are currently protesting the government, demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych step down from office. Barricades have been built up and violence has raged on for months: how might Ukraine solve this problem with a diplomatic solution?
Discussion questions and writing prompts
- Outline the turmoil in Ukraine. Specifically who is on what side, what do they want and why do they want it?
- Why do you think that the protesters refused Yanukovych’s offer to include opposition leaders in his government?
- What role has Russia played in Ukraine’s internal affairs both now and before the protests began?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Use this PBS NewsHour video and discussion questions to teach your students about the events in Charlottesville. Extension activities include the history of Confederate monuments and the debate as to whether or not the statues should remain standing. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Today’s Daily News Story provides video, key terms and discussion questions to help teachers talk with their students about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Montpelier, the home of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, recently opened a new permanent exhibit at the Virginia estate to inform visitors about Madison’s slaves and the lives they led. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
As high-density, industrial-scale livestock feeding operations become the norm, farmers have had to take extra steps to keep animals healthy. Illnesses and diseases grow and spread quickly when large numbers of similar animals are kept in close proximity. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Rose-ringed parakeets have multiplied by the thousands on the Hawaiian island of Kauai since the 1960s, when a few parakeets kept as pets escaped. The birds have since caused problems by damaging native plants and farm crops. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceSocial StudiesU.S.UncategorizedWorld