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KIEV — Suddenly, Ukraine faces another stark choice: Dismiss the government and Parliament and hold new elections, or see the country’s independence surrendered bit by bit. There is renewed talk, too, of violent civil unrest. None of this should be surprising, given how our corrupt rulers systematically incite regional and ethnic hatred.

Some say that President Viktor Yushchenko’s decision to dismiss Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich’s government was unwarranted. They are wrong: Yushchenko’s actions were necessary because the Yanukovich government, in clear violation of the law, was preparing to mount a constitutional coup that would have stripped the president of his remaining supervisory powers over the army and police.

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