Unhappiness on High

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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych waves a peace of ribbon he cut at Terminal D of Kiev International airport called Boryspil during an opening ceremony on May 28, 2012.

Ukraine had every reason to celebrate. The country's stadiums were glistening, ready for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, which the country is co-hosting with Poland, an honor it had fought hard to win. The main drag of the capital, Kiev, was lined with beer kegs, making it look like a giant block party. But only sour faces were in evidence in the office of President Viktor Yanukovych, where a mood of grim anticipation filled the halls, as though behind one of the gilded doors someone were gravely ill. In the elevator to the sixth floor (which the staff call...

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