Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky linked historic pro-democracy protests in Kyiv one decade in the past to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Describing the demonstrations on Maidan sq. because the “first victory” of the battle with Russia, he stated, “The first victory in at this time’s battle came about. A victory towards indifference. A victory of braveness. The victory of the Revolution of Dignity.”
Ukraine marks the 10-year anniversary of the months-long protest motion through which round 100 civilians died in violent clashes with safety forces in Kyiv. The huge protests led to the ouster of Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych. The Maidan protests erupted in late 2013 when Viktor Yanukovych ditched a commerce take care of the European Union.
Volodymyr Zelensky praised his nation’s progress in direction of gaining membership to the European Union, saying, “Year after yr, step-by-step, we do our greatest to make sure that our star shines within the circle of stars on the EU flag, which symbolises the unity of the peoples of Europe. The star of Ukraine.”
This comes after the EU’s government beneficial opening formal membership talks with Ukraine. European Council president Charles Michel additionally arrived in Kyiv to indicate his help as Ukraine marks the anniversary of the protests.
“Good to be again in Kyiv – amongst mates,” Charles Michel on social media platform X (previously Twitter), posting an image of himself shaking arms with the European Union’s ambassador to Ukraine, Katarina Mathernova, at Kyiv’s railway station.
What Russia stated on Maidan protests?
The Kremlin described Ukraine’s 2014 revolution as a foreign-sponsored coup which outlined Ukraine’s present pro-Western political place.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated, “The indisputable fact that it was sponsored from overseas has been acknowledged, straight and not directly, by representatives of overseas international locations. That isn’t any secret to anybody.”