Upon my request, the European Parliament is going to hold a debate on Dec. 10 and adopt a resolution on Dec. 12, taking a strong stance against the brutal and absolutely inadmissible use of force by the authorities against peaceful protesters, who took to the streets to express their strong disapproval of President Yanukovych’s decision to withdraw from signing the association agreement with the EU. We as the European Parliament deplore this turn of events, though few of us can say that we were surprised by the final outcome of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. For some months doubts about the Yanukovych administration’s true intentions regarding the EU association were only growing, and the cat-and-mouse game with releasing (or not) former Prime Minister YuliaTymoshenko, and then moving to financial claims in negotiations with the EU, was a part of a cold calculation to keep things in a stalemate.
Yanukovych, as incumbent president, remains maybe the official interlocutor for his counterparts in other countries and international organizations. But it is now the people, those people in the streets, resisting violence, fighting the cold, sacrificing days and nights to stand by their EU aspirations, which have become the true owner of Ukraine’s fate and the conveyer of its will.
It is them we should listen to and support.