When EuroMaidan says
“yes” to a transition of power, numerous players will need to engage on an
urgent basis. Their participation will
ensure that undemocratic forces, like Russia, do not precipitate a take over—bloodless
or otherwise—and reduce Ukraine’s most recent and torturous democratic struggle
The key player
is EuroMaidan. The immediate step for a
transition to begin is for its leaders to declare a provisional government
recognized by other global democracies. The
EU, US and other democracies, including Canada need to be ready. Recognition of the legitimacy of the provisional
government as the legitimate new government of Ukraine is step one. Then comes the hard work: reconstruction.
Most global democracies
understand that the way forward is to support a new era in Ukraine. The corrupt, autocratic, anti-Ukrainian one
presided over by Mr. Yanukovych is done.
Further negotiations are leading
to more beatings, abduction, and torture and buy time for compromised
politicians and officials to leave Ukraine to mind their personal assets or beg
off sick. This is unacceptable.