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What happens next in Ukraine?

February 25th, 2014
04:39 PM ET

After last week's political upheaval, and the terrible scenes of violence that accompanied it, the big question in regards to Ukraine is what happens next.

Becky spoke to Anne Applebaum, author and columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, to get her opinion on where the country is headed.  She says Ukraine’s problem isn’t just one of finances.

“It’s not just about money.  The money was on offer before,” Applebaum says.  “The problem has been that the Ukrainians haven’t been willing to do the very profound economic reforms, in some cases of a kind that ought to have been done twenty years ago.”

Applebaum says political change within Ukraine is a certainty, but that the country’s future leaders may not be the big names we’re used to seeing in the headlines.

"The Ukrainians no longer have any appetite for these big personalities, these charismatic people who have a lot to say but then aren't able to do anything," Applebaum says.

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