Pick in Kiev (continued)

The potentially explosive situation in Kiev, Ukraine following the hotly disputed presidential election rolls along. According to this piece (representing this week’s visit to Pravda), time is not on the side of the opposition, whose candidate Victor Yuschenko managed to get Ukraine’s supreme court to hold up certifying the election results.
Pravda’s take is that we have an especially interesting situation in Ukraine, where the Kremlin has sided with the sitting government of outgoing current president Leonid Kuchma along with the government’s candidate, Victor Yanukovich, and the European Union has clearly sided with challenger Yuschenko. Naturally, Yanukovich is looking to strengthen ties with Moscow, and Yuschenko, with the EU. Pravda’s tone is decidedly pro-Moscow in this case, noting that a number of Eastern European leaders who have arrived in Kiev to mediate (including Polish President Alexander “the Kwaz” Kwazniewski) are doing so at the behest and behalf of the EU. Of course the Kwaz is marching to the tune of Brussels, here. No reason why a Polish president (btw, former Polish President Lech Walesa is also in Kiev to try to mediate) might have an interest in Ukraine (which, IIRC, borders… Poland…).
The Pravda piece also asserts that the mood of the street crowds may determine the outcome here, aned given the onset of winter, darkness, et al., they may not be able to keep up this fight all that much longer, ultimately favoring Yanukovich.
We’ll see how this works out. Russian President Putin’s advice, on its face, of letting Ukrainian institutions work out Ukrainian affairs without interference from Brussels or Washington (or Moscow?) is sound, and indeed, unassailable. At the moment, Ukraine’s supreme court has the matter in hand (first hearings scheduled for Monday). Ukraine’s parliament is in emergency session, and there may be a consensus for a new elections. My understanding as I write this (around 15:00 GMT) is that the election results have been decertified and new elections are in the offing. Naturally, portions of Eastern Ukraine (more Russian speaking) are threatening to break off (recall Czechoslovakia broke into the Czech Republic and Slovakia; unclear what Ukraine would break into… “U” and “Kraine”? Developing…)
I disagree with Pravda on the power of the street protest movements: in Eastern Europe, at least, these movements tend to be fomenters of change, and frankly, I think are accelerating events there by changing the political dynamic. Ukrainian institutions may well conclude that Yanukovich is the rightful winner, but if so, will not do so in a half-assed and brazenly partisan way (see Bush v. Gore), but will have to do so openly, and for damned good reason.
At least, that’s what I’m hoping. So far, at least, the situation has not degenerated into violence. Let’s hope at least that record continues, and this is resolved peacefully, if not to the satisfaction of all sides.