The good news is that more Ukrainians are finally starting to take to the streets. They are rightfully protesting President Viktor Yanukovych’s rollback on democratic freedoms as well as equally repressive economic policies that benefit his loyal oligarch friends while choking the rest of business, both big and small.

The bad news is that while the protesters share common values and goals, they are fragmented. Worst of all, there is a discouraging viewpoint spreading across Ukraine that political parties have no place in these peaceful protests, that civic society and grassroots organizations should lead the fight for justice and fairness.

It is understandable why most Ukrainians, including those on the streets, have lost trust in politicians. Many of Ukraine’s 192 political parties are shams.

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