The government of Ukraine, acting a day after an explosion killed eight of its soldiers in Iraq, announced Monday that it would withdraw its 1,650-member force by the middle of 2005.Two recent events may have spurred this action, which had been expected.
One, 8 Ukrainian soldiers were killed Monday, which nearly doubled the state's casualties in the war.
Two, Ukraine is getting a new President. He may be more pro-western than his predecessor, but this apparently signals some tension with US policy in the war on terror.
Previously, I've noted some other states who withdrew from the coalition.