February 19, 2014
At least 25 people, including nine police officers, were killed this week in the escalating violence that has gripped Ukraine. Injury estimates range as high as 1,000. Thick smoke is bellowing from the capital city of Kiev, where protesters have built a ring of fire around their encampment to keep police away. And, the violence has spread to other regions of the country, where protesters have seized government buildings and in some cases set them on fire. The BBC notes that Ukraine is “on the brink of civil war,” a prospect made more likely by the government’s announcement of a crackdown on the protesters.
Ukraine’s PFTS Index is down 74% since 2011. To learn more about the connection between social mood and civil war, click here.
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