Ukraine crisis: How has it started?

Ksenija Archipova

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Ukraine: one state, two countries. It has started a long time ago when the west part of the country has started looking to the EU and NATO, and the east part preferred the opposite, its eastern neighbour with established Customs Union.

On 22nd November, 2004, The Orange Revolution took place in Kiev, Ukraine following the Ukrainian presidential election on 21st November. That’s how it started. Thousands of protesters demonstrated daily in Kiev from November 2004 to January 2005. The public perceived the results of the vote between leading candidates Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych were rigged. The protests stopped when the results were annulled and a re-vote was ordered by Ukraine’s Supreme Court. The Orange Revolution ended with a victory of Yushchenko and his inauguration in January 2005.

This revolution has dramatically changed the political life in Ukraine. The state has embarked on the path towards the European Union. The situation now, 10 years later after the Orange revolution has not changed that much. The protests have spread in a recent month across Ukraine.

Riot police blocking the way to the parliament buildingRiot police blocking the way to the parliament building, Photo Credit, Ivan Bandura (Flickr)

This time the protesters disagree with president’s decision to pause the process of creating association agreement with the EU. The abandoned agreements with the European Union have caused so much hassle. What do Ukrainians living in Dublin think about the Ukrainian integration to the EU?

Check out the vox pops.

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Ksenija Archipova