The unveiling of Ukraine’s new government nominees received a mixed reception in Maidan on Wednesday.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk was presented as Prime Minister-designate – and promptly received a chorus of boos.
Unperturbed, he said: “There isn’t a single oligarch, or anyone who’s worked in the Yanukovych government, or looking for political credit in this new government. We’ve never had a government like this in our history. And I can tell you the destiny of this cabinet of ministers – they are political kamikazes”.
The citizens of Maidan don’t want a return of the ‘old guard’. They want to see a government that reflects the political will they fought for.
Many are determined to press for change until they’re satisfied.
One protester in Maidan told euronews:
“We’re staying here to control them. If they’re not doing their job, they’ll leave just like the previous government did.”
“ I have a question for those on stage: Where were you during the crackdown, when we were shot at on Intitutska Street? They have no moral right to say they’re heroes and did a good job. They have no right to get credit from the deaths.”
The crowds are well aware the country’s future course has changed. Now they want it to be in the right direction.
With the overthrow of Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovch, Russia suspended all payments under a trade alliance between the two countries.
Ukraine needs 25 billion euros to stay afloat until the end of 2015.
Brussels is working on options to cover the shortfall.
Euronews correspondent in Ukraine, Angelina Kariakina, said:
“Maidan reacted skeptically to the announced cabinet of ministers. Protesters consider it more like an interim government which has to resolve Ukraine’s present issues. But leaving the streets is not an option until a full reset of the political system has been achieved – not only through presidential but also parliamentary elections.”