Moods comparable to that of the 2004 Orange Revolution, which ended Viktor Yanukovych’s attempt to rig a presidential election that year, have returned to Kyiv.
On the night of Nov. 21 – a day before the ninth anniversary of
the start of the earlier peaceful uprising — more than 1,000 Kyivans came out
to protest the same Yanukovych who got elected president in 2010.
Their ire was prompted by the government’s decision earlier in the day to abandon an
historic political and free trade agreement with the European Union, a deal
that could have paved Ukraine’s way to eventual membership in the 28-nation
bloc of democracies. The deal was supposed to have been signed at a summit in
Vilnius, Lithuania, next week.