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Euromaidan (Ukrainian: Євромайдан, Yevromaidan, literally "Eurosquare") is a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests demanding closer European integration.  The scope of the protests expanded, with many calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government.[ HP Pavilion dv6-1045ee CPU Fan

Many protesters joined because of the violent dispersal of protesters on 30 November and "a will to change life in Ukraine".[5]  By 25 January 2014, the protests had been fuelled by the perception of "widespread government corruption", "abuse of power", and "violation of human rights in Ukraine".HP Pavilion dv7-4050ev CPU Fan

The protests reached a climax during mid-February.  On 18 February, the worst clashes of Euromaidan broke out after the parliament had failed to rollback the Constitution of Ukraine to its pre-2004 form, which would lessen presidential power and bring more balance to the government. HP Pavilion dv6t-3200 CTO CPU Fan

Police and protesters fired guns, with both live and rubber ammunition, in multiple locations in Kyiv.  The riot police advanced towards Maidan later in the day and clashed with the protesters and did not fully occupy it.  The fights continued through the following days, in which the vast majority of casualties took place.  Toshiba Satellite L505-144 CPU Fan

On the night of 21 February, Maidan vowed to go into armed conflict if Yanukovych did not resign by 10:00.  Subsequently, the riot police drew back and vanished and Yanukovych and many other high government officials fled the country.  Protesters gained control of the presidential administration and Yanukovych's private estate. Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 CPU Fan

The next day, the parliament impeached Yanukovych, replaced the government with a pro-European one, and released Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.  In the aftermath, the Crimean crisis began amid pro-Russian unrest.

Despite the impeachment of Yanukovych, the installation of a new government, Toshiba Satellite L500-1XC CPU Fan

and the signature of the political provisions of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, the protests have been ongoing to sustain pressure on the government, counter pro-Russian protests, and reject Russian occupation of Ukraine. The general area of the pro-Ukraine and pro-Europe protests has shifted from Kiev and western Ukraine to the include the eastern and southern areas of the country as well. Toshiba Satellite A660-BT2N22 CPU Fan

The demonstrations began on the night of 21 November 2013, when protests erupted in the capital, Kiev, after the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing an Association Agreement and a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union, to seek closer economic relations with Russia.[74] Toshiba Satellite P305-S8814 CPU Fan

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov had asked for 20 Billion Euros (US$27) billion in loans and aid.[75]  The EU and Russia both offered Ukraine the possibility of substantial loans.[76]  Russia also offered Ukraine cheaper gas prices.[76]  On 24 November 2013, first clashes between protesters and police began.  Protesters strived to break cordon. Toshiba Satellite L550-13U CPU Fan

Police used tear gas and batons, protesters also used tear gas and some fire crackers (according to the police, protesters were the first to use them).After a few days of demonstrations an increasing number of university students joined the protests.The Euromaidan has been repeatedly characterised as an event of major political symbolism for the European Union itself, particularly as "the largest ever pro-European rally in history". Lenovo IBM ThinkPad Edge E420 Keyboard

The protests continued despite heavy police presence,regularly sub-freezing temperatures, and snow.  Escalating violence from government forces in the early morning of 30 November caused the level of protests to rise, with 400,000–800,000 protesters demonstrating in Kiev on the weekends of 1 December[51] and 8 December.[82] HP Pavilion G61-336NR CPU Fan

In the weeks since, protest attendance has fluctuated from 50,000 to 200,000 during organised rallies.Violent riots took place 1 December and 19 January through 25 in response to police brutality and government repression.Since 23 January several Western Ukrainian Oblast (province) Governor buildings and regional councils have been occupied in a revolt by Euromaidan activists.[ HP Pavilion dv7-6184ca CPU Fan

In the Russophone cities of Zaporizhzhya, Sumy, and Dnipropetrovsk, protesters also tried to take over their local government building, and have been met with considerable force from both police and government supporters.[13]

According to journalist Lecia Bushak writing in 18 February 2014 issue of Newsweek magazine, HP Pavilion dv7-3125eo CPU Fan

EuroMaidan has grown into something far bigger than just an angry response to the fallen-through EU deal.  It's now about ousting Yanukovych and his corrupt government; guiding Ukraine away from its 200-year-long, deeply intertwined and painful relationship with Russia; and standing up for basic human rights to protest, speak and think freely and to act peacefully without the threat of punishment. HP Pavilion dv7-2185dx CPU Fan

A turning point came in late-February, when enough members of the president's party fled or defected to lose their majority in the parliament leaving the opposition large enough to form the necessary quorum.  This allowed parliament to pass a series of laws that removed police from Kiev, cancelled anti-protest operations, restored the 2004 constitution, freed political detainees, and allegedly[87] impeached the president. IBM MCF-C10AM05 CPU Fan

Yanukovych then fled to Ukraine's second largest city of Kharkiv, refusing to recognise the parliament's decisions.  The parliament has assigned early elections for May 2014.

The term "Euromaidan" was initially used as a hashtag on Twitter.[90]  A Twitter account named Euromaidan was created on the first day of the protests.[91] SONY Vaio VGN-SZ2XP/C CPU Fan

It soon became popular in the international media.[92]  The name is composed of two parts: "Euro" is short for Europe and "maidan" refers to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), the main square of Kiev, where the protests are centred.[90]  During the protests the word "Maidan" has come to mean the act of public politics itself.[93] DELL Latitude E4300 CPU Fan

The term "Ukrainian Spring" is sometimes used in reference to the Arab Spring, which was triggered by similar causes such as heavy-handed authoritarianism, widespread official corruption, kleptocracy, and lack of opportunity.

The Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, had asked for 20 Billion Euros (US$27) in loans and aid.[75] HP Pavilion dv7-2025es CPU Fan

The EU was willing to offer 610 million euros (838 million US) in loans,[76] however Russia was willing to offer 15 billion US in loans.[76]  Russia also offered Ukraine cheaper gas prices.[76]  As a condition for the loans, the EU required major changes to the regulations and laws in Ukraine.  Russia did not.[75] FUJITSU LifeBook A6030 CPU Fan

On 30 March 2012 the European Union (EU) and Ukraine initiated an Association Agreement;[96] however, the EU leaders later stated that the agreement would not be ratified unless Ukraine addressed concerns over a "stark deterioration of democracy and the rule of law", including the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko in 2011 and 2012.[97][nb 5] SONY Vaio VGN-FS115Z CPU Fan

In the months leading up to the protests Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych urged the parliament to adopt laws so that Ukraine would meet the EU's criteria. On 25 September 2013 Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament) Volodymyr Rybak stated he was sure that his parliament would pass all the laws needed to fit the EU criteria for the Association Agreement since, except for the Communist Party of Ukraine, HP 532617-001 CPU Fan

"The Verkhovna Rada has united around these bills."[citation needed]

In mid-August 2013 Russia changed its customs regulations on imports from Ukraine such that on 14 August 2013, the Russian Custom Service stopped all goods coming from Ukraine and prompted politicians and sources to view the move as the start of a trade war against Ukraine to prevent Ukraine from signing a trade agreement with the European Union. ACER Aspire 5730Z CPU Fan

Ukrainian Industrial Policy Minister Mykhailo Korolenko stated on 18 December 2013 that because of this Ukraine's exports had dropped by $1.4 billion (or a 10% year-on-year decrease through the first 10 months of the year). The State Statistics Service of Ukraine reported in November 2013 that in comparison with the same months of 2012, HP G56-126NR CPU Fan

industrial production in Ukraine in October 2013 had fallen by 4.9 percent, in September 2013 by 5.6 percent, and in August 2013 by 5.4 percent (and that the industrial production in Ukraine in 2012 total had fallen by 1.8 percent).

On 21 November 2013 a Ukrainian government decree suspended preparations for signing of the association agreement. HP Pavilion dv7-6166nr CPU Fan

The reason given was that the previous months Ukraine had experienced "a drop in industrial production and our relations with CIS countries".[110][nb 6]  The government also assured "Ukraine will resume preparing the agreement when the drop in industrial production and our relations with CIS countries are compensated by the European market."[110] FUJITSU Lifebook A3210 CPU Fan

According to Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov "the extremely harsh conditions" of an IMF loan (presented by the IMF on 20 November 2013), which included big budget cuts and a 40% increase in gas bills, had been the last argument in favour of the Ukrainian government's decision to suspend preparations for signing the Association Agreement. DELL Precision M6400 CPU Fan

On 7 December 2013 the IMF clarified that it was not insisting on a single-stage increase in natural gas tariffs in Ukraine by 40%, but recommended that they be gradually raised to an economically justified level while compensating the poorest segments of the population for the losses from such an increase by strengthening targeted social assistance.[ Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX CPU Fan

The same day IMF Resident Representative in Ukraine Jerome Vacher stated that this particular IMF loan is worth US$4 billion and that it would be linked with "policy, which would remove disproportions and stimulate growth".

President Yanukovych attended the 28–29 November 2013 EU summit in Vilnius (where originally it was planned that the Association Agreement would be signed on 29 November 2013), HP Pavilion dv2660se CPU Fan

but the Association Agreement was not signed. Both Yanukovych and high level EU officials signalled that they wanted to sign the Association Agreement at a later date.

According to December 2013 polls (by three different pollsters) between 45% and 50% of Ukrainians supported Euromaidan, while between 42% and 50% opposed it. Toshiba Satellite L500-1XC CPU Fan

The biggest support for the protest can be found in Kiev (about 75%) and western Ukraine (more than 80%).Among Euromaidan protesters, 55% are from the west of the country, with 24% from central Ukraine and 21% from the east.

In a poll taken on 7–8 December, 73% of protesters had committed to continue protesting in Kiev as long as needed until their demands are fulfilled. DELL GM0503PEB1-8 (L2.M) CPU Fan

This number has increased to 82% as of 3 February 2014. Polls also show that the nation is divided in age: while majority of young people are pro-EU, older generations (50 and above) more often prefer the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. More than 41% of protesters are ready to take part in the seizure of administrative buildings as of February, HP Pavilion dv7-1098eo CPU Fan

compared to 13 and 19 percent during polls on 10 and 20 December 2013.  At the same time, more than 50 percent are ready to take part in the creation of independent military units, compared to 15 and 21 percent during the past studies, respectively.

According to a January poll, 45% of Ukrainians supported the protests, and 48% of Ukrainians disapproved of Euromaidan.Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 CPU Fan

In a March poll, 57% of Ukrainians said they supported the Euromaidan protests.

According to an August 2013 study by a Donetsk company, Research & Branding Group,[130] 49% of Ukrainians supported signing the Association Agreement, while 31% opposed it and the rest had not decided yet.  HP Pavilion dv7-1240us CPU Fan

However, in a December poll by the same company, only 30% claimed that terms of the Association agreement would be beneficial for the Ukrainian economy, while 39% said they were unfavourable for Ukraine.  In the same poll, only 30% said the opposition would be able to stabilise the society and govern the country well, if coming to power, while 37% disagreed.[131]  DELL yy529 CPU Fan

Authors of the GfK Ukraine poll conducted 2–15 October 2013 claim that 45% of respondents believed Ukraine should sign an Association Agreement with the EU, whereas only 14% favoured joining the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, and 15% preferred non-alignment.  Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX CPU Fan

Full text of the EU-related question asked by GfK reads, "Should Ukraine sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and, in the future, become an EU member?"

Another poll conducted in November by IFAK Ukraine for DW-Trend showed 58% of Ukrainians supporting the country's entry into the European Union.[134]  HP Pavilion dv2660se CPU Fan

On the other hand a November 2013 poll by Kyiv International Institute of Sociology showed 39% supporting the country's entry into the European Union and 37% supporting Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.

In December 2013, then Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov refuted the pro-EU poll numbers claiming that many polls posed questions about Ukraine joining the EU, Toshiba Satellite L500-1XC CPU Fan

and that Ukraine had never been invited to join the Union, but only to sign the Association Agreement.

The pro-European Union protests are Ukraine's largest since the Orange Revolution of 2004, which saw Yanukovych forced to resign as prime minister over allegations of voting irregularities.  DELL GM0503PEB1-8 (L2.M) CPU Fan

Although comparing the 2013 events in the same East-West vector as 2004, with Ukraine remaining "a key geopolitical prize in eastern Europe" for Russia and the EU, The Moscow Times noted that Yanukovych's government was in a significantly stronger position following his election in 2010.[138] HP Pavilion dv7-1098eo CPU Fan

The Financial Times said the 2013 protests were "largely spontaneous, sparked by social media, and have caught Ukraine's political opposition unprepared" compared to their well-organised predecessors.[139]  The hashtag #euromaidan (Ukrainian #євромайдан, Russian #евромайдан), emerged immediately on the first meeting of the protests and was highly useful as a communication instrument for protesters.[140] Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 CPU Fan

Vitali Klitschko wrote in a tweet[141]  "Friends! All those who came to Maydan [Independence Square], well done! Who has not done it yet – join us now!"  The protest hashtag also gained traction on the VKontakte social media network, and Klitschko tweeted a link to a speech[142] he made on the square saying that once the protest was 100,000-strong, "we'll go for Yanukovych" – referring to President Viktor Yanukovych.[ HP Pavilion dv7-1240us CPU Fan

In an interview, opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko, when asked if the current opposition was weaker than it was in 2004, argued that the opposition was stronger because the stakes were higher, "I asked each [of the opposition leaders]: "Do you realise that this is not a protest? It is a revolution [...] we have two roads – we go to prison or we win."  DELL yy529 CPU Fan

Paul Robert Magocsi illustrated the effect of the Orange Revolution on Euromaidan, saying, "Was the Orange Revolution a genuine revolution? Yes it was.  And we see the effects today.  The revolution wasn't a revolution of the streets or a revolution of (political) elections; it was a revolution of the minds of people, in the sense that for the first time in a long time, Toshiba Qosmio G40-10E CPU Fan

Ukrainians and people living in territorial Ukraine saw the opportunity to protest and change their situation.  This was a profound change in the character of the population of the former Soviet Union."[144]  Lviv-based historian Yaroslav Hrytsak also remarked on the generational shift, "This is a revolution of the generation that we call the contemporaries of Ukraine's independence (who were born around the time of 1991); SONY Vaio VGN-CR407E CPU Fan

it is more similar to the Occupy Wall Street protests or those in Istanbul demonstrations (of this year).  It's a revolution of young people who are very educated, people who are active in social media, who are mobile and 90 percent of whom have university degrees, but who don't have futures."[80] HP Pavilion dv6-3131tx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

According to Hrytsak: "Young Ukrainians resemble young Italians, Czech, Poles, or Germans more than they resemble Ukrainians who are 50 and older.  This generation has a stronger desire for European integration and fewer regional divides than their seniors."[145]  In a Kyiv International Institute of Sociology poll taken in September, joining the European Union was mostly supported by young Ukrainians (69.8% of those aged 18 to 29), HP 622029-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

higher than the national average of 43.2% support.[146][147]  A November 2013 poll by the same institute found the same result with 70.8% aged 18 to 29 wanting to join the European Union while 39.7% was the national average of support.[146]  An opinion poll by GfK conducted 2–15 October found that among respondents aged 16–29 with a position on integration, Toshiba Satellite L675D-S7047 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

73% favoured signing an Association Agreement with the EU, while only 45% of those over the age of 45 favoured Association.  The lowest support for European integration was among people with incomplete secondary and higher education.

The movement started peacefully but did not end that way. HP Pavilion dv7-4170ez Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Protesters felt authorised to use violence after the government's crackdown on protesters which happened during the night of 30 November 2013.  The Associated Press described the evolution this way, on 19 February:

The latest bout of street violence began Tuesday when protesters attacked police lines and set fires outside parliament, HP Pavilion dv4-1506tx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

accusing Yanukovych of ignoring their demands to enact constitutional reforms that would limit the president's power — a key opposition demand.  Parliament, dominated by his supporters, was stalling on taking up a constitutional reform to limit presidential powers. Police responded by attacking the protest camp. Compaq Presario CQ61-411WM Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Armed with water cannons, stun grenades and rubber bullets, police dismantled some barricades.  But the protesters held their ground through the night, encircling the protest camp with new burning barricades of tires, furniture and debris.[148]

In the early stages of Euromaidan, there was discussion about whether the Euromaidan movement constituted a revolution - or a staged 'Colour Revolution' by outside forces. IBM FRU 46L4753 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

At the time many protest leaders (such as Oleh Tyahnybok) had already used this term frequently when addressing the public.  Tyahnybok called in an official 2 December press release for police officers and members of the military to defect to 'the Ukrainian revolution'.[149] HP Pavilion dv6-3190sf Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

In a Skype interview with media analyst Andrij Holovatyj, Vitaly Portnikov, Council Member of the "Maidan" National Alliance and President and Editor-in-Chief of the Ukrainian television channel TVi, stated "EuroMaidan is a revolution and revolutions can drag on for years" and that "what is happening in Ukraine goes much deeper.  It is changing the national fabric of Ukraine."[150] SONY Vaio VGN-FZ21E Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Select media outlets in the region have dubbed this staged movement, Eurorevolution[151] (Ukrainian: Єврореволюція).  On 10 December President Viktor Yanukovych stated "Calls for a revolution pose a threat to national security."[152]  Former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili has described the movement as "the first geopolitical revolution of the 21st century".[153] HP G42-415DX Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Political expert Anders Åslund commented on this aspect: "Revolutionary times have their own logic that is very different from the logic of ordinary politics, as writers from Alexis de Tocqueville to Crane Brinton have taught.  The first thing to understand about Ukraine today is that it has entered a revolutionary stage.  Like it or not, we had better deal with the new environment rationally." HP 646578-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The resolution stated that on 1 December, on the 22nd anniversary of Ukraine's independence referendum, that the group will gather at noon on Independence Square to announce their further course of action.[80]

After the forced police dispersal of all protesters from Maidan Nezalezhnosti on the night of 30 November, HP KSB06105HA CPU Fan

the dismissal of Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko became one of the protesters' main demands.[155]

A petition to the US White House demanding sanctions against Viktor Yanukovych and Ukrainian government ministers gathered over 100,000 signatures in four days.[  Dell Latitude E6500 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Ukrainian students nationwide have also demanded the dismissal of Minister of Education Dmytro Tabachnyk.

On 5 December Batkivshchyna faction leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk stated, "Our three demands to the Verkhovna Rada and the president remained unchanged: the resignation of the government; SONY Vaio VGN-NR120Q Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

the release of all political prisoners, first and foremost; [the release of former Ukrainian Prime Minister] Yulia Tymoshenko; and [the release of] nine individuals [who were illegally convicted after being present at a rally on Bankova Street on December 1]; the suspension of all criminal cases; and the arrest of all Berkut officers who were involved in the illegal beating up of children on Maidan Nezalezhnosti."[ Toshiba Satellite A205-S5879 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The opposition also demanded that the government resumed negotiations with the IMF for a loan that they saw as key to helping Ukraine "through economic troubles that have made Yanukovych lean toward Russia".

On 30 November 2013, the protests were dispersed violently by the Berkut riot police units, sparking riots the following day in Kiev. HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 1 December 2013, protesters reoccupied the square and through December further clashes with the authorities and political ultimatums by the opposition ensued.  This culminated in a series of anti-protest laws by the government on 16 January 2014, and further rioting on Hrushevskoho Street.  Early February 2014 saw a bombing of the Trade Unions Building,[163] as well as the formation of "Self Defense" teams by protesters. Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4056 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 19 January, a Sunday mass protest, the ninth in a row, took place gathering up to 200,000 in central Kiev to protest the new anti-protest laws, dubbed the Dictatorship laws.  Many protesters ignored the face concealment ban by wearing party masks, hard hats and gas masks.  Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko appeared covered with powder after he was sprayed with a fire extinguisher. HP Pavilion dv6-2016ax Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Riot police and government supporters cornered a group of people who were trying to seize government buildings.  The number of riot police on Hrushevskoho Street increased after buses and army trucks showed up.  The latter resulted in the buses being burned as a barricade.  The next day, a clean-up began in Kiev.  SONY Vaio VGN-CR11S/P Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 22 January, more violence erupted in Kiev.  This resulted in 8-9 people dead.

A 24 November protest in Ivano-Frankivsk saw several thousand protestors gather at the regional administration building.[194]  No classes were held in the universities of western Ukrainian cities such as Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Uzhhorod.[195] HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Protests also took place in other large Ukrainian cities: Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Luhansk, Lviv, and Uzhhorod.  The rally in Lviv in support of the integration of Ukraine into the EU was initiated by the students of local universities.  This rally saw 25–30 thousand protesters gather on Prospect Svobody (Freedom Avenue) in Lviv.  APPLE MacBook Pro 15 inch MA610LL Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The organisers planned to continue this rally 'till the 3rd Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 28–29 November 2013.[196]  A rally in Simferopol, which drew around 300, saw nationalists and Crimean Tatars unite to support European integration; the protesters sang both the Ukrainian national anthem and the anthem of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen.[197] HP G71-340US Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

7 people were injured after 40 titushky (thugs) attacked a tent encampment in Dnipropetrovsk, which was ordered cleared by court order on 25 November. Officials estimated the number of attackers to be 10–15,[200] and police did not intervene in the attacks.[201]  Similarly, police in Odessa ignored calls to stop the demolition of Euromaidan camps in the city by a group of 30, and instead removed all parties from the premises.[ HP Pavilion dv7-6166nr Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

50 police officers and men in plain clothes also drove out a Euromaidan protest in Chernihiv the same day.[203]

On 25 November, in Odessa, 120 police raided and destroyed a tent encampment made by protesters at 5:20 in the morning.  The police detained three of the protesters, including the leader of the Odessa branch of Democratic Alliance, Alexei Chorny. HP Pavilion dv6-3050et Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

All three were beaten in the police vehicle and then taken to the Portofrankovsk Police Station without their arrival being recorded.  The move came after the District Administrative Court hours earlier issued a ban restricting citizens' right to peaceful assembly until New Year.  The court ruling places a blanket ban on all demonstrations, the use of tents, sound equipment and vehicles until the end of the year.[204] Dell Vostro 3500 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 26 November, a rally of 50 was held in Donetsk.On 28 November, a rally was held in Yalta; university faculty who attended were pressured to resign by university officials.On 29 November, Lviv protesters numbered some 20,000.Like in Kiev, they locked hands in a human chain, symbolically linking Ukraine to the European Union (organisers claimed that some 100 people even crossed the Ukrainian-Polish border to extend the chain to the European Union). HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

n 1 December, the largest rally outside of Kiev took place in Lviv by the statue of Taras Shevchenko, where over 50,000 protesters attended.  Mayor Andriy Sadovy, council chairman Peter Kolody, and prominent public figures and politicians were in attendance.[54]  An estimated 300 rallied in the eastern city of Donetsk demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych and the government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resign.[ HP Pavilion dv5-2135dx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Meanwhile, in Kharkiv, thousands rallied with writer Serhiy Zhadan, during a speech, calling for revolution.  The protest was peaceful. Protesters claimed at least 4,000 attended,[213] with other sources saying 2,000. In Dnipropetrovsk, 1,000 gathered to protest the EU agreement suspension, show solidarity with those in Kiev, and demand the resignation of local and metropolitan officials. HP Pavilion dv7t-6100 CTO Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

They later marched, shouting "Ukraine is Europe" and "Revolution". EuroMaidan protests were also held in Simferopol (where 150–200 attended),[216] and Odessa.On 2 December, in an act of solidarity, Lviv Oblast declared a general strike to mobilise support for protests in Kiev,[218] which was followed by the formal order of a general strike by the cities of Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk.[Compaq Presario CQ61-435SA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

In Dnipropetrovsk on 3 December, a group of 300 protested in favour of European integration and demanded the resignation of local authorities, heads of local police units, and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).[220]

On 7 December it was reported that police were prohibiting those from Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk from driving to Kiev.  ASUS M51SE Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Protests on 8 December saw record turnout in many Ukrainian cities, including several in eastern Ukraine.  On the evening, the fall of the monument to Lenin in Kiev took place.[222]  The statue made out of stone was completely hacked to pieces by jubilant demonstrators.

On 9 December, a statue of Vladimir Lenin was destroyed in in the town of Kotovsk in Odessa Oblast.[223] HP G42-415DX Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

In Ternopil, Euromaidan organisers were prosecuted by authorities.[224]

The removal or destruction of Lenin monuments and statues gained particular momentum after the destruction of the Kyiv Lenin statue.  Under the motto "Ленінопад" (Leninopad, translated into English as "Leninfall"), activists pulled down a dozen monuments in the Kyiv region, Zhytomyr, ACER Aspire 4736ZG Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Chmelnitcki, and elsewhere, or damaged them during the course of the EuroMaidan protests into spring of 2014.[225]  In other cities and towns, monuments were removed by organised heavy equipment and transported to scrapyards or dumps.[226]

On 14 December, Euromaidan supporters in Kharkiv voiced their disapproval of authorities fencing off Freedom Square from the public by covering the metal fence in placards.[  HP Pavilion dv4-1133tx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

They have since 5 December been the victims of theft and arson.[228]  A Euromaidan activist in Kharkiv was attacked by two men and stabbed twelve times.  The assailants were unknown but activists told the Kharkiv-based civic organisation Maidan that they believe the city's mayor, Gennady Kernes, to be behind the attack.[229]  HP Pavilion dv6-3043ee Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 22 December, 2,000 rallied in Dnipropetrovsk.

In late December, 500 marched in Donetsk.  Due to the regime's hegemony in the city, foreign commentators have suggested that, "For 500 marchers to assemble in Donetsk is the equivalent of 50,000 in Lviv or 500,000 in Kiev."[231]  Compaq Presario CQ61-421SG Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 5 January, marches in support of Euromaidan were held in Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, and Kharkiv; the latter three drawing several hundred and Donetsk only 100.[232]

On 11 January 150 activists met in Kharkiv for a general forum on uniting the nation-wide Euromaidan efforts.   HP Pavilion dv6-1101au Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

A church where some were meeting was stormed by over a dozen thugs, and others attacked meetings in a book store; smashing windows and deploying tear gas to stop the Maidan meetings from taking place.

On 22 January in Donetsk, two simultaneous rallies were held – one pro-Euromaidan and one pro-government. HP Pavilion dv6-3125er Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The pro-government rally attracted 600 attendees to about 100 from the Euromaidan side.  Police reports claimed 5,000 attended to support the government, to only 60 from Euromaidan.  In addition, approximately 150 titushky appeared and encircled the Euromaidan protesters with megaphones and began a conflict, HP 606575-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

burning wreaths and Svoboda Party flags, and shouted "down with fascists!", but were separated by police.[234]  Meanwhile, Donetsk City Council pleaded with the government to take tougher measures against Euromaidan protesters in Kiev.[235]  Reports indicated a media blackout took place in Donetsk.[236]  HP Pavilion dv7-6185us Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

In Lviv on 22 January, amid the police shootings of protesters in the capital, military barracks were surrounded by protesters.  Many of the protesters included mothers whose sons are serving in the military, and pleaded with them not to deploy to Kiev.[237]

In Vinnytsia on 22 January thousands protesters blocked the main street of the city and the traffic.  DELL DFS491105MH0T Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Also, they brought "democracy in coffin" to the city hall, as a present to Yanukovych.[238] 23 January Odessa city council member and Euromaidan activist Oleksandr Ostapenko's car was bombed.[239] The Mayor of Sumy threw his support behind the Euromaidan movement on 24 January, laying blame for the civil disorder in Kiev on the Party of Regions and Communists.[240]HP 532613-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Crimean parliament repeatedly stated that because of the events in Kiev it is ready to join autonomous Crimea to Russia.  On 27 February armed men seize Crimea parliament and raised Russian flag.[241]

In the beginning of March, thousands of Crimean Tatars in support of Euromaidan clashed with pro-Russian protesters in Simferopol. Compaq Presario CQ60-417DX Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 4 March 2014, a mass pro-Euromaidan rally has been held in Donetsk for the first time.  About 2,000 people were there.  Donetsk is a major city in the far east of Ukraine and serves as Yanukovych's stronghold and the base of his supporters.  On 5 March 2014, 7,000-10,000 people rallied in support of Euromaidan in the same place.[242] HP Pavilion dv7-3060us Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

After a leader declared the rally over, a fight broke out between pro-Euromaidan and 2,000 pro-Russian protesters.

Starting on 23 January, several Western Ukrainian Oblast (province) Governor buildings and regional councils (RSA's[nb 8]) were occupied by Euromaidan activists.[13]  Several RSA's of the occupied oblasts then decided to ban the activities and symbols of the Communist Party of Ukraine and Party of Regions in their oblast.[14]  HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

In the cities Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa protesters also tried to take over their local RSA.

Smaller protests or Euromaidans have been held internationally, primarily among the larger Ukrainian diaspora populations in North America and Europe.  The largest took place on 8 December in New York, with over 1,000 attending. Dell Latitude E6510 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Notably, in December 2013, Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science,[244]  Buffalo Electric Vehicle Company Tower in Buffalo,[245]  Cira Centre in Philadelphia,[246] the Tbilisi City Hall in Georgia,[247] and Niagara Falls on the US/Canada border[248] were illuminated in blue and yellow as a symbol of solidarity with Ukraine. HP Pavilion dv6-2019er Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Pro-government rallies during Euromaidan have largely been credited as funded by the government.  Several news outlets have investigated the claims to confirm that by and large, attendees at pro-government rallies do so for financial compensation and not for political reasons, and are not an organic response to the Euromaidan. HP Pavilion dv6-3126ea Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

"People stand at Euromaidan protesting against the violation of human rights in the state, and they are ready to make sacrifices," said Oleksiy Haran, a political scientist at Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Kiev.  "People at Antimaidan stand for money only.  The government uses these hirelings to provoke resistance.  They won't be sacrificing anything." HP 532613-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Automaidan is a movement within the Euromaidan, that seeks the resignation of the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.  It is made up mainly of drivers who would protect the protest camps and blockade streets.  It organised a car procession on 29 December 2013 to the president's residence in Mezhyhirya to voice their protests at his refusal to sign the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement in December 2013. HP Pavilion dv6-3300ss Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The motorcade was stopped a couple of hundred metres short of his residence.  Automaidan has been the repeated target of violent attacks by government forces and supporters.

On 30 November 2013, the day after the dispersion of Euromaidan, Euromaidan organisers, aided by groups such as Svoboda, have created Self-defense of the Maidan – formation for protecting protesters from police and providing security within the city.[IBM Lenovo Thinkpad W500 Series Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Head of Self-defence is Andriy Parubiy[252]

The groups are divided up into sotnia, or 'hundreds', which have been described as a "resilient force that is providing the tip of the spear in the violent showdown with government security forces".  HP 646578-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The sotni take their name from a traditional form of Cossacks cavalry formation, and were also used in the Ukrainian National Army.  Activists estimate at least 32 such groups are in Kiev now, with more forming all the time.[253]

Along with Self-defence headed by Mr. Parubiy, there are some independent divisions (some of them are also referred to as sotnias and even self-defence), HP Pavilion dv5-1020et Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

like the security of the Trade Unions Building until 2 January 2014,  Narnia and Vikings from Kiev City State Administration, Volodymr Parasyuk's sotnia from Conservatory building, etc.  Mr. Parubiy officially asked such divisions to not call itself Self-defence Pravy Sektor coordinates its actions with Self-defence and is formally a 23-rd sotnia,[259] although already had hundreds of members at the time of registering as sotnia. HP Pavilion dv5030 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Second sotnia (staffed by Svoboda's members) tends to dissociate itself from "sotnias of self-defence of Maidan".

The first of major casualties occurred on the Day of Unity of Ukraine, 22 January 2014.  Four people permanently lost their vision,[261] and one man died by falling from a colonnade.  The circumstances of his death are unclear. Compaq Presario CQ61-416EG Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

At least five more people were confirmed dead during the clashes on 22 January,[262] four people perished from gunshot wounds.[262]  Medics confirmed bullet wounds to be from firearms such as a Degtyaryov sniper rifle (7.62 mm) and possibly a Makarov handgun (9mm) in the deaths of Nihoyan and Zhyznevskyi.[263]  HP 532614-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

There are photos of Berkut utilising shotguns (such as the RPC Fort), and reporters verified the presence of shotgun casings littering the ground.[264]  Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office confirmed two deaths from gunshot wounds in Kyiv protests.[265]  "We are pursuing several lines of inquiry into these murders, including [that they may have been committed] by Berkut (special police unit) officers," HP Pavilion dv5-1020et Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Vitali Sakal, first deputy chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Directorate told a press conference in Kyiv on Friday...It was established that the weapons and cartridges that were used to commit these killings are hunting cartridges.  Such is the conclusion of forensic experts.  Most likely, it was a smoothbore firearm.  HP 646578-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

I want to stress that the cartridges which used to commit the murder were not used by, and are not in use of, the police.  They have no such cartridges," said first deputy chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Directorate.  The MVS has not ruled out that Berkut officers committed the killings. HP Pavilion dv5-1020et Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 31 January it was discovered that 26 unidentified, unclaimed bodies remained in the Kiev central morgue; 14 of which were from January alone. Journalists revealed that a mass burial is planned on 4 February 2014.[267]  The Kiev city administration followed on the announcement with its own statement informing that there are 14 such bodies; 5 from January.[ HP Pavilion dv5030 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 18 and 19 February, at least 26 people were killed in clashes with police,[270]  Moreover,a self-defense soldier from Maidan was found dead.  Journalist Vyacheslav Veremiy was murdered by pro-government Titushky and shot in the chest when they attacked his taxi.  It was announced that an additional 40-50 people died in the fire that engulfed the Trade Union building after police attempted to seize it the night before. Compaq Presario CQ61-416EG Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 20 February 60 people had been killed by gunfire according to an opposition medical service.[272]

At least 79 people have been killed and 570 injured.  At least 13 officers have been killed and 130 hospitalised with gunshot wounds.

During the 2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots of 22–25 January, 3 protesters were killed by firearms. HP 532614-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Oleh Tatarov, deputy chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Directorate under Yanukovych, claimed in January that "[t]he theory we are looking at is the killing was by unidentified persons.  This is an official theory, and the unidentified persons could be various people, a whole host of them… It could have been motivated by disruptive behavior, or with the aim of provocation." HP MCF-W13BM05 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

He then claimed the cartridges and weapons used in the shootings were not police issue.[266]  Forensics experts found that protesters were killed with both buckshot and rifle bullets,[274] while medics confirmed the bullet wounds to be from firearms such as the Degtyarev sniper rifle (7.62 mm) and possibly 9×18mm Makarov cartridges.[275] HP Pavilion dv5-1174ca Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

A report published on 25 January by Armament Research Services, a speciality arms and munitions consultancy in Perth, Australia, says the mysterious cufflink-shaped projectiles presumably fired by riot police on Hrushevskoho Street at protesters during clashes were not meant for riot control, but for stopping vehicles, busting through doors and piercing armour.  HP Pavilion dv7-3050ec Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The bullets, writes Jenzen-Jones, who specialises in Eastern bloc weapons, are special armour-piercing 12-gauge shotgun projectiles, likely developed and produced by the Spetstekhnika (Specialized Equipment) design bureau, a facility located in Kiev and associated with the Ministry of Internal Affairs.[276] HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 31 January 2014, Vitali Sakal, first deputy chief of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Main Investigative Directorate told a press conference that "[w]e are pursuing several lines of inquiry into these murders, including [that they may have been committed] by Berkut (special police unit) officers." HP 646578-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Following the revolution of 18–23 February that saw over 100 killed in gunfire, the government's new health minister, Oleh Musiy, a doctor who helped oversee medical treatment for casualties during the protests, suggested to The Associated Press that the similarity of bullet wounds suffered by opposition victims and police indicates the shooters were trying to stoke tensions on both sides and spark even greater violence, with the goal of toppling Yanukovych. HP 489126-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

"I think it wasn't just a part of the old regime that (plotted the provocation), but it was also the work of Russian special forces who served and maintained the ideology of the (old) regime," he said, citing forensic evidence.[277]  Hennadiy Moskal, a former deputy head of Ukraine's main security agency, the SBU, and of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, DELL Inspiron E1405 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

suggested in an interview published in the Ukrainian newspaper Dzerkalo Tizhnya that snipers from the MIA and SBU were responsible for the shootings, not foreign agents, acting on contingency plans dating back to Soviet times, stating: "Snipers received orders to shoot not only protesters, but also police forces.  This was all done to escalate the conflict, to justify the police operation to clear Maidan." DELL DFS541305MH0T Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The IBTimes reported that a telephone call between Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton had been intercepted in which Paet claimed he was told about evidence concerning the sniper killings during the protests from a doctor named Olga.  HP G62-341NR Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Paet relayed he was told by Olga that "all the evidence shows that people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides." Olga showed him photos and explained her opinion as a medical doctor that it was the same "handwriting." HP Pavilion dv6648el Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Paet said he found it "really disturbing that now the new coalition [doesn't] want to investigate what exactly happened," and that "there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind snipers it was not Yanukovych, it was somebody from the new coalition."[ HP Pavilion dv7-6151ed Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

However, Paet later denied that he implicated the opposition in anything as he was merely relaying rumours he had heard without giving any assessment of their veracity, while acknowledging that the phone call was genuine.[281]  Olga Bogomolets, the doctor, who allegedly claimed that protesters and Berkut troops came under fire from the same source, Toshiba Satellite P100-386 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

said she had not told Paet that policemen and protesters had been killed in the same manner, that she did not imply that the opposition was implicated in the killings, and that the government informed her that an investigation had been started.[282]

On 12 March 2014, Interior Minister Avakov has stated that the conflict was provoked by a 'non-Ukrainian' third party, and that an investigation was ongoing.[  HP G42-380LA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 21 March 2014, Oleh Makhnitsky, Ukraine Parliamentary Commissioner for the supervision of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine and a member of the right-wing Svoboda party, stated that the government had identified the snipers shooting at the demonstrators in Kiev as "Ukrainian citizens," but did not release their names.[284]  HP G60-230us Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 31 March 2013, the Daily Beast published photos and videos which show that the snipers were members of the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) "anti-terrorist" Alfa Team unit, who had been trained in Russia.  The media suggested that it was not the Ukrainian riot police which fired on the protesters as previously believed, although the members of Alfa Team are Ukrainian citizens.[ HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 2 April, law enforcement authorities announced in a press conference they had detained nine suspects in the 18–20 February shootings of Euromaidan activists, acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine Oleh Makhnytsky reported.  Among the detainees was the leader of the sniper squad.  All

of the detained are officers of the Kiev City Berkut unit, and verified the involvement of the SBU's Alfa Group in the shootings. SONY Vaio VPC-EB1E0E Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Officials also reported that they plan to detain additional suspects in the Maidan shootings in the near future, and stressed that the investigation is ongoing but hindered by the outgoing regime destroying all documents and evidence.  Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed that Viktor Yanukovych gave the order to fire on protesters on 20 February.[  Compaq Presario CQ70-220EO Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

During the press conference, Ukraine’s interior minister, chief prosecutor and top security chief implicated more than 30 Russian FSB agents in the crackdown on protesters, who in addition to taking part in the planning, had also flown in shipments of large quantities of explosives into an airport near Kiev.  HP Pavilion dv7-3060sb Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the interim head of Ukraine’s SBU state security agency, said the agents were stationed in Kiev during the entire Euromaidan protests, were provided with “state telecommunications” while residing at an SBU compound, and in regular contact with Ukrainian security officials. ACER Aspire 7720 Series Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

“We have substantiated grounds to consider that these very groups which were located at an SBU training ground took part in the planning and execution of activities of this so-called antiterrorist operation,” said Nalyvaichenko.  Investigators, he said, had established that Yanukovych's SBU chief Oleksandr Yakymenko, SONY UDQF2PH52CF0 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

who had fled the country, had received reports from FSB agents while they were stationed in Ukraine, and that Yakymenko held several briefings with the agents.  Russia's Federal Security Bureau rejected the comments as "groundless accusations" and otherwise refused to comment. Compaq Presario CQ61-216TU Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

A number of attacks by law enforcement agents on members of the media and medical personnel have been reported.  Some 40 journalists were injured during the staged assault at Bankova Street on 1 December 2013.  At least 42 more journalists were victims of police attacks at Hrushevskoho Street on 22 January 2014.[290]  Toshiba Satellite A215-S5802 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

On 22 January 2014, Television News Service (TSN) reported that journalists started to take off their identifying uniform (vests and helmets), as they were being targeted, sometimes on purpose, sometimes accidentally.[291]  Since 21 November 2013, a total of 136 journalists have been injured. Toshiba Satellite A210-1BC Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

According to an 4 to 9 December 2013 study[122] by Research & Branding Group 49% of all Ukrainians supported Euromaidan and 45% had the opposite opinion.  It was mostly supported in West (84%) and Central Ukraine (66%).  A third (33%) of residents of South Ukraine and 13% of residents of Eastern Ukraine supported Euromaidan as well. DELL Inspiron 630m Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The percentage of people who do not support the protesters was in East Ukraine 81%, in South Ukraine 60%[nb 9], in Central Ukraine 27% and in Western Ukraine 11%.  Polls have shown that two-thirds of Kievans support the ongoing protests.[125]

A poll conducted by the Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Fund and Razumkov Center, ACER Travelmate 4152nlci Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

between 20 and 24 December, showed more than 50% of Ukrainians supporting the Euromaidan protests, while 42% opposing it.[124]

Another Research & Branding Group survey (conducted from 23 to 27 December) showed that 50% of Ukrainians don't support Euromaidan, while 45% did support it.[123] HP Pavilion dv6-3034tx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

43% of those polled thought that Euromaidan's consequences "sooner could be negative", while 31% of the respondents thought the opposite; 17% believed that Euromaidan would bring no negative consequences. An Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation survey of protesters conducted 7 and 8 December 2013 found that 92% of those who came to Kiev from across Ukraine came on their own initiative, HP G62-107SA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

6.3% was organised by a public movement, and 1.8% were organised by a party.[5][302] 70% said they came to protest the police brutality of 30 November, and 54% to protest in support of the European Union Association Agreement signing.  Among their demands, 82% wanted detained protesters freed, 80% wanted the government to resign, and 75% want president Yanukovych to resign and for snap elections.[  HP G62-455TX Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The poll showed that 49.8% of the protesters are residents of Kiev and 50.2% came from across Ukraine.  38% of the protesters are aged between 15 and 29, 49% are aged between 30 and 54, and 13% are 55 or older.  A total of 57.2% of the protesters are men.[

In the eastern regions of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv, 29% of the population believe "In certain circumstances, an authoritarian regime may be preferable to a democratic one." HP 532617-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

According to an 4 to 9 December 2013 study[122] by Research & Branding Group 46% of Ukrainians supported the integration of the country into EU, and 36% into the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia.  Most support for EU integration could be found in West (81%) and in Central (56%) Ukraine; HP Pavilion dv6-1101au CPU Fan

30% of residents of South Ukraine and 18% of residents of Eastern Ukraine supported the integration with EU as well.  Integration with the Customs Union was supported by 61% of East Ukraine and 54% of South Ukraine and also by 22% of Central and 7% of Western Ukraine.

According to a 7 to 17 December 2013 poll by the Sociological group "RATING",HP Pavilion dv7-3190ev CPU Fan

49.1% of respondents would vote for Ukraine's accession to the European Union in a referendum, and 29.6% would vote against the motion.[306]  Meanwhile, 32.5% of respondents would vote for Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, and 41.9% would vote against. HP Pavilion dv7-1157cl CPU Fan

During the annual World Economic Forum meeting at the end of January 2014 in Davos (Switzerland) Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov received no invitations to the main events; according to the Financial Times's Gideon Rachman because the Ukrainian government was blamed for the violence of the 2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots.[ HP COMPAQ NX9420 CPU Fan

A telephone call was leaked of US diplomat Victoria Nuland speaking to the Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt about the future of the country, in which she said that Klitschko should not be in the future government and she also casually stated "fuck the EU." German chancellor Angela Merkel said she deemed Nuland's comment "completely unacceptable".[HP Mini 110-1110ET CPU Fan

Commenting on the situation afterwards, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Nuland had apologised to her EU counterparts[311] while White House spokesman Jay Carney alleged that because it had been "tweeted out by the Russian government, it says something about Russia's role".[312] HP Pavilion dv7-1157cl CPU Fan

The IBTimes reported, "if Svoboda and other far-right groups gain greater exposure through their involvement in the protests, there are fears they could gain more sympathy and support from a public grown weary of political corruption and Russian influence on Ukraine."[

On 23 February 2014, following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, the Rada passed a bill that would have altered the law on languages of minorities, including Russian. HP Pavilion dv6-3163eo CPU Fan

The bill would have made Ukrainian the sole state language at all levels.[314]  However, President Turchynov vetoed the bill.

The Prime Minister, Mykola Azarov, had asked for 20 Billion Euros (US$27 billion) in loans and aid from the EU[75]  The EU was willing to offer 610 million euros (838 million US) in loans,[76] HP Pavilion dv9740us CPU Fan

however Russia was willing to offer 15 billion US in loans.[76] Russia also offered the Ukraine cheaper gas prices.[76] As a condition for the loans, the EU required major changes to the regulations and laws in the Ukraine.  Russia did not.[75]

Moody's Investors Service reported on 4 December 2013 "As a consequence of the severity of the protests, ACER Aspire 4743 CPU Fan

demand for foreign currency is likely to rise" and noted that this was another blow to Ukraine's already poor solvency.[316]  First deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov stated on 7 December Ukraine risked a default if failed to raise $10 billion "I asked for a loan to support us, and Europe [the EU] agreed, but a mistake was made – we failed to put it on paper."[317] HP Pavilion dv6-2170us CPU Fan

On 3 December Azarov had warned Ukraine might not be able to fulfill its natural gas contracts with Russia. And he blamed the deal on restoring gas supplies of 18 January 2009 for this.On 5 December Prime Minister Mykola Azarov stated that "money to finance the payment of pensions, wages, social payments, Toshiba Satellite L675-S7018 CPU Fan

support of the operation of the housing and utility sector and medical institutions do not appear due to unrest in the streets" and he added that authorities were doing everything possible to ensure the timely financing of them.[319]  Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Natalia Korolevska stated on 2 January 2014 that these January 2014 payments would begin according to schedule.[ASUS F80Q CPU Fan

]

On 11 December the second Azarov Government moved the date of social payments due to "the temporarily blocking of the government".[321]  The same day Reuters commented (when talking about Euromaidan) "The crisis has added to the financial hardship of a country on the brink of bankruptcy" and added that (at the time) investors thought it more likely than not that Ukraine would default over the next five years (since it then cost Ukraine over US$1 million a year to insure $10 million in state debt).[ ACER TravelMate 4200 CPU Fan

Fitch Ratings reported on 16 December that the (political) "standoff" had led to "greater the risk that political uncertainty will raise demand for foreign currency, causing additional reserve losses and increasing the risk of disorderly currency movement".[323]  It also added "Interest rates rose sharply as the National Bank sought to tighten hryvnia liquidity."[323] HP 434678-001 CPU Fan

First Deputy Finance Minister Anatoliy Miarkovsky stated on 17 December the Ukrainian government budget deficit in 2014 could amount to about 3% with a "plus or minus" deviation of 0.5%.[324]

On 18 December, the day after an economical agreement with Russia was signed, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov stated "Nothing is threatening stability of the financial-economic situation in Ukraine now.  Not a single economic factor."[325] HP G70-120EA CPU Fan

However, BBC News reported that the deal "will not fix Ukraine's deeper economic problems" in an article titled "Russian bailout masks Ukraine's economic mess".[326]

On 21 January 2014 the Kiev City State Administration claimed that protests in Kiev had so far caused the city more than 2 million US dollars worth of damage.[327]  Toshiba Satellite A300-034 CPU Fan

It intended to claim compensation for damage caused by all demonstrators, regardless of their political affiliation.[327]

On 5 February 2014 the hryvnia had fallen to a five-year low against the US dollar.

On 21 February 2014 Standard & Poor's cut Ukraine's credit rating to CCC; adding that the country risked default without "significantly favourable changes".[329] HP 606609-001 CPU Fan

Standard & Poor's analysts believed the compromise deal of the same day between President Yanukovych and the opposition made it "less likely Ukraine would receive desperately needed Russian aid, thereby increasing the risk of default on its debts".

In Kiev, life continued "as normal" outside the "protest zone" (namely Maidan Nezalezhnosti). Compaq Presario CQ60-301sl CPU Fan

"Euromaidan" has been named as word of the year for 2013 by modern Ukrainian language and slang dictionary Myslovo , and the most popular neologism in Russia by web analytics company Public.ru.

Ukrainian-Polish band Taraka came up with a song dedicated to "Euromaidan" "Podaj Rękę Ukrainie" (Give a Hand to Ukraine).TOSHIBA Satellite L300 CPU Fan

The song uses the first several words of the National anthem of Ukraine "Ukraine has not yet died".

Among other tunes appeared number of remakes for the Ukrainian folklore song "Aflame the pine was on fire" (Ukrainian: Горіла сосна, палала).

Ukrainian band Skriabin also created a song dedicated to the revolutionary days of Maidan.  Another native of Kiev dedicated a song to titushky. ASUS Eee PC 701 CPU Fan

DJ Rudy Paulenko created a track inspired by events on Maidan called The Battle at Maidan.

A short footage film-stories with general name "Babylon'13" were created about the 2013 revolution.[345]

Polish and Ukrainian activists filmed short footage movie "Happy Kyiv" editing it with the Pharrell Williams hit "Happy" and some shoots of "Babylon'13".[346] Compaq Presario CQ60-305sa CPU Fan

On 5 February 2014 a group of activists-cinematographers initiated series of films about people of Euromaidan.

The 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match of 20 February 2014 between FC Dynamo Kyiv and Valencia CF was moved by UEFA from Kiev's Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex to the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, "due to the security situation in the Ukrainian capital".[HP 637607-001 CPU Fan

On 19 February the Ukrainian athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics asked for and were refused permission by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to wear black arm bands to honour those killed in the violent clashes in Kiev.[355]  IOC president Thomas Bach offered his condolences "to those who have lost loved ones in these tragic events".[355] HP Pavilion dv7-3067nr CPU Fan

On 19 February 2014 alpine skier Bohdana Matsotska refused further participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in protest against the violent clashes in Kiev.[356]  She and her father posted a message on Facebook stating "In solidarity with the fighters on the barricades of the Maidan, and as a protest against the criminal actions made towards the protesters, HP Pavilion dv5-1210ez CPU Fan

the irresponsibility of the president and his lackey government, we refuse further performance at the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014."[356]

On 4 March 2014, the 2013–14 Eurocup Basketball Round of 16 game between BC Budivelnyk Kyiv and JSF Nanterre was moved to Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas, Lithuania. Compaq Presario CQ50-211nr CPU Fan

On 5 March 2014, another Round of 16 game between Khimik Yuzhny and Aykon TED Ankara was moved to Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul.

A common chant among protesters is "Glory to Ukraine, Glory to Heroes!" The chant has extended beyond Ukrainians and has been used by Crimean Tatars and Russians. HP G56-114SA CPU Fan

The red-and-black battle flag of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) is another popular symbol among protesters, and the wartime insurgents have acted as a large inspiration for Euromaidan protesters.  Serhy Yekelchyk of the University of Victoria says the use of UPA imagery and slogans was more of a potent symbol of protest against the current government and Russia rather than adulation for the insurgents themselves, SONY Vaio VGN-CR21Z/N CPU Fan

explaining "The reason for the sudden prominence of [UPA symbolism] in Kiev is that it is the strongest possible expression of protest against the pro-Russian orientation of the current government."The colours of the flag symbolise Ukrainian red blood spilled on Ukrainian black earth. HP Pavilion dv7-4060eo CPU Fan

On various resources, such as DesignContest, was started numerous graphic design competitions in a support of Euromaidan and its symbolism. Toshiba Satellite M70-252 CPU Fan,Toshiba Satellite A100-455 CPU Fan,HP Pavilion dv5-2112br CPU Fan

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