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You're reading: EUobserver: EU and Ukraine, what went wrong?

Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians had risked their lives by going
on the streets to overthrow a bogus, Soviet-type leader (Viktor
Yanukovych) and the new authorities believed an EU accession promise
would keep the movement going.

Instead, Rybachuk was shuffled from meeting to meeting with MEPs,
officials in the European Commission and the EU Council, and with
diplomats in EU countries’ embassies.

They talked to him about the complexity of EU decision-making and about “benchmarks” and “criteria” for financial assistance.

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