“Putin has agreed to purchase 15 billion dollars in Ukrainian debt and
slash the price of gas by a third. What do you think? Is this going to
inflame the protestors further?” he asked.
“Of course,” I said. “It only proves that the Kremlin is pulling the strings here.”
couldn’t have been more wrong. That weekend, less than ten thousand
people answered the opposition’s call to protest the deal with Russia on
the EuroMaidan. Over the new few days, the wind seems to have been
knocked out of the opposition movement’s sails. Many of the protestors
from Western Ukraine also began to pack up their tents and leave for
home as Catholic Christmas approached. Local residents, who had been
supportive of the protest movement, started to lose interest.