The refusals came from all over Europe: Spain, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands. Even the Dutch royal family said it wouldn’t come. Germany’s captain said he’d think twice before shaking President Viktor Yanukovych’s hand.
In the first two weeks of May, Ukraine’s co-hosting of the European soccer championship next month is rapidly descending from a lofty opportunity for the nation to prove its Europeanness to a symptom of its deepening isolation.
– Arseniy Yatsenyuk, an opposition leader, former Verkhovna Rada speaker .