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You're reading: Boris Danik: Next steps for Ukraine

Some will credibly argue that there was no real independence until the victory at the EuroMaidan in February.

The siege at Maidan that had started as a mass protest against the decision to trash the association agreement with the European Union and turning instead towards Moscow by President Viktor Yanukovych, became a revolution against his authoritarian regime and against massive corruption in the government. 

Victory was achieved by democratic forces when the mainstream nationalist Right Sector and other self-organized defense groups tipped the outcome by standing up and fighting against the government’s riot police. 

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