This is what I was told by President Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. This is what the Ukrainian population was told. And this is undoubtedly what would have been best for the country.
Instead, negotiations with IMF were frozen, signature of the EU agreement pushed into an uncertain future, and opaque deals with Russia concluded. Those who sought explanations were left confused and those who first voiced their protest at the Maidan were beaten up by the police.
Just like the people bracing the cold in Kyiv every day, I am convinced Ukraine deserves better.