Fears Ukraine's new government offers little difference

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Anti-Yanukovich protesters wave a Ukranian flag in Kiev. Photo: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

When the protesters took to Maidan Square, Kiev, they were arguing for a complete change in their country.

They wanted an end to corruption, for the power to be taken out of the hands of the super rich and for those in government to be free of the failures and shackles of previous administrations.

They've achieved some of what they thought; a president who has gone and a new Cabinet is in place.

Former President Viktor Yanukovich leaves a press conference in Russia. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

For many though the new order is just what they feared - different faces but no real difference in the system.

Some of those offered positions in the government have refused to take them for that reason and the news from the East may reaffirm their view.

With the Russian threat, the new government has offered key positions across the East of the country to some of the country's richest men.

The oligarchs are faces of the past and now it seems very much the faces of the future.

The hope is that with their strong links to Moscow they will be able to calm those Russian speakers who fear the new government is filled with nationalists determined to destroy their heritage, lives and businesses.

Armed servicemen wait near Russian military vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in Balaclava. Credit: Reuters

These men have always wielded great power here, their money buying influence and now they are out of the shadows and openly hold power.

It is a decision likely to outrage many in the West and it may not be enough to pacify those in the East.