The freed former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko now has the opportunity to take part in the construction of the new phase in Ukraine’s political system.
Despite her emotional speech the reaction among the crowds witnessing her appearance in Kyiv appears to have been mixed:
“We’re afraid of experiencing a repetition of Julia’s first attempt to lead the government a decade ago,” said one supporter. “Of course, she can say all those nice things but actions speak louder than words. Everybody at the top enriched themselves and all we got was nothing,” she added.
“Perhaps those in power understand that if the people have risen up already and shed blood, the Ukrainian people would do it again,” said another. “Our people will ensure that Ukraine will become a normal European country so I expect a lot for Julia.”