Ukraine Today is joined by Zoriana Mishchuk, a member of the EU-Ukraine civil society platform about the challenges Kyiv faces in monitoring the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union.
Crowds have gathered in the Ukrainian capital to mark two years since the start of mass pro-European Union protests which toppled former Moscow-compliant president Viktor Yanukovych.
People across Ukraine are marking the Day of Dignity and Freedom, a holiday commemorating the 2013 beginning of the EuroMaidan protests that ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych.
All European Union member state have now ratified the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and while EU membership is still a distant prospect for Ukraine, the completion of the ratification process paves the way for a free trade regime between Ukraine and EU to take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
Meet one of Ukraine’s most determined pro-Western politicians and Ukrainian patriots. He’s the mayor of Hlukhiv, a small city located northeast of Kyiv, in Sumy Province, just a few miles from the border with Russia.His name is Michel Terestchenko.
November 21, Ukrainians mark the Day of Dignity and Freedom.
The holiday was established by the President’s Decree No. 872 of November 13, 2014 "with a view to assert the ideals of freedom and democracy in Ukraine, to preserve and convey the objective information about the landmark events in Ukraine at the beginning of the XXI century to contemporary and future generations, as well as to honor the patriotism and courage of the citizens who have defended the democratic values, the human rights and freedoms, the national interests of our state and its European choice ..."
What the Yanukovych regime really brought into the political and public life of our country is the culture of beatings, the culture of thugs, the culture of the impunity of the “titushky” (hired thugs — Ed.) who beat peaceful demonstrators when there were no legal pretexts to limit the protests. The beatings of activists. The beatings of journalists. According to numerous accounts, Yanukovych even beat up his associates in his own office. Perhaps he even kicked them. None of us liked it. Then there was the final act — the beating of students. And then Maidan. It seemed that society understood clearly that the beating of anyone is a manifestation of savagery, of baseness, of the absence of self-respect. It seemed that Ukrainians really wanted to join Europe not because there were more baubles and money there but because politicians in Europe do not engage in beatings.
The EuroMaidan Revolution was successful in terms of ousting disgraced ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and his cronies, and shifting Ukraine back toward the path of European integration, according to a significant majority of 31 experts polled this month by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation policy center.
With investigations stalled into a raft of crimes committed during the EuroMaidan Revolution, tensions are running high.
The Prosecutor General’s Office has released
the identity of a protester whose brutal murder sent shockwaves through the
Ukrainian public and marked a turning point in the EuroMaidan Revolution in
A preliminary probe by the International Criminal Court (ICC) suggests that Ukraine's security forces used "excessive and indiscriminate" force in the 2014 EuroMaidan protests but are not guilty of crimes against humanity.
Ukraine will face international condemnation if Kyiv ignores the remarks of the Council of Europe experts concerning the investigation into the events on Maidan, the tragedy in Odesa in 2014, Director of Human Rights, Special Advisor to the Council of Europe's Secretary General for Ukraine Christos Giakoumopoulos has stated.
A former adviser to ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich scored a legal victory over the European Union on Monday when an EU court ruled that the bloc had been wrong to freeze his assets.
The only trial so far underway of Berkut officers accused of gunning down Maidan protesters in February 2014 is in danger of ending in mistrial, while other investigations are being obstructed in part because the same people responsible for violations during Euromaidan are still now in positions of authority.
A Pechersky District Court judge has ruled that former Berkut officer Anatoly Logvinenko, who is accused of serious crimes against Maidan activists, should have his electronic bracelet removed, with this ruling following another court’s decision to waive travel restrictions.
'They said it would be easy - just go to Maidan (Square), hang out a little, and then go back,' a young protestor tells the camera in the first few minutes of 'Winter on Fire,' a new documentary on Ukraine's revolution last year.
"Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom" is a thorough and detailed examination of the 93-day occupation of Maidan square in the country's capital, Kyiv, a situation whose international, geopolitical repercussions are still being felt.
Streets are scattered with stones and shell casings.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the crisis in Ukraine is past its worst. Although the Minsk agreements are honored in the breach and artillery fire still echoes across the Donbas, there has been little real combat for months. The separatists have given up extending their territory, Russia has given up sending them heavy reinforcements, and Ukraine has given up trying to defeat them. A chance to resolve lingering disagreements will come on Oct. 2 when the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany meet in Paris.
Many people claim that following the 2013-14 protests against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia's annexation of Crimea and worsening violence in the Donbas, Ukrainian attitudes have significantly changed - mainly towards European integration, support for democracy and the fight against corruption.