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You're reading: Klitschko: My ‘new fight’ is to stop Ukraine from ‘sliding into tyranny’

This week marks the seventh anniversary of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution — a peaceful uprising against a rigged presidential election. Millions of my countrymen and I stood in freezing weather for weeks defending our right to a free and fair election.

We showed that Ukrainians could unite around freedom and democracy and prevail. We proved that we were Europeans. Those were jubilant days filled with hope and inspiration.

Today our European aspirations are again being tested. Two thirds of Ukrainians believe that their country is going in the wrong direction. Most are disaffected with all national politicians and neither the ruling party nor the democratic opposition has their support.

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