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But, unexpectedly to all, we have stood up – for the second time
in Ukraine’s modern history – against what a government that has cheated us. And,
just like nine years ago with the Orange Revolution, this movement, known as
EuroMaidan, is targeting the same man was – Viktor Yanukovych.

Back in 2004, he, as a pro-government presidential candidate,
tried to steal the presidential vote, and Ukrainians’ choice for a better
country. But the fraud was obvious. Yanukovych lost that battle, and it still
seems he hasn’t gotten over the humiliation he experienced then. Reports
suggest, that between the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the 2004 elections, Yanukovych
urged then-president Leonid Kuchma to use force against the peaceful protesters
on Independence Square, but that Kuchma was firm in his decision not to spill
blood.

Now it’s Yanukovych who’s in power. And that’s what this second uprising
is all about. Protesters want him out of office. It’s not about European
Integration anymore, and it hasn’t been since the brutal crackdown by police on
peaceful protesters on Nov. 30 that resulted in dozens of injuries.

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