Opinion: Ukraine's stalled revolution

Author : Deutsche Welle

Source : 112 Ukraine

Five years ago, Ukraine's Euromaidan protests kicked off, driving its autocratic leaders out of the country. But the revolution's promise has never come to pass because it lacks real leadership, - DW
16:46, 22 November 2018


Deutsche Welle contributed to the stories timed to the anniversary of Euromaidan in Ukraine. Bernd Johann turned the audience's attention to the legacy of the powerful movement that swept off the regime of Viktor Yanukovych and his sidekicks who tried to weaken the Ukraine-EU ties and tighten those with Russia.

'When Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych rejected the comprehensive Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement on November 21, 2013, a number of citizens spontaneously gathered on Kyiv's Independence Square that same night in protest. The impromptu rally sparked a wave of large-scale protests against Ukraine's corrupt, oppressive and pro-Russian rulers, who were eventually driven out of the country several months later', reads the opening paragraph.

Covering the course and the results of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, Johann wrote: 'Today, Ukrainians can travel to the EU without needing a visa. Many have made use of this new liberty. The Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement was signed, and Ukraine's economy is growing. Much progress had been made, but more work still lies ahead; Ukraine's political revolution has stalled because there is nobody to take the lead'.

'While the Euromaidan protests invigorated the country's civil society, it lacks actual political power. Some anti-corruption activists and journalists have paid with their lives for asking too many questions, and not one of these murders has so far been investigated. Ukraine's revolution — once so full of promise — is incomplete, and long overdue', the contributor's article winds up.

Read the full story here.

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