“The desire for freedom united Ukrainian citizens in the unforgettable autumn days of 2004. The Maidan [Independence Square in Kyiv] enabled all people to feel and understand that true freedom is inside them, that it’s a core value, but it’s necessary to fight for it and to defend it,” the press service of the Batkivschyna Party quoted Tymoshenko as saying on Thursday in her address on the occasion of the Freedom Day.
She noted that “the whole world observed in fascination a real holiday of democracy and national unity” and that Ukrainians felt as a united and free nation.
“But the path that we had to walk further was not easy, because freedom also has another side – a common responsibility. It is the responsibility of the people who fought for freedom and the responsibility of the politicians who have to protect and strengthen it. Unfortunately, not all treated this responsibility seriously. I think that each of us can admit it,” Tymoshenko said.