The association agreement between Ukraine and the EU is considered too little, too late for some of the Ukrainians who took part in the Independence Square rallies in Kyiv.
Poet and activist, Maria Dragina, was among the first people to come out in protest when the Ukrainian government initially decided to freeze negotiations last November.
“The fact that we signed the association agreement doesn’t mean victory for us,” she said. “Victory comes hand-in-hand with a feeling of safety. When our borders are secured, when people are safe – in Crimea, in the east of Ukraine and throughout the whole country.”
Maria told us the mere signing of a treaty, which could have been agreed upon in November, is not adequate compensation for more than one hundred protest-related deaths in Ukraine, the occupation of Crimea and the hundreds of missing people.
Still, she believes it is a turning point for Ukraine.
Euronews also spoke to ‘Centre UA’, one of the leading NGOs in Ukraine for promoting transparency among its politicians.
“At the moment, we shouldn’t judge our government on whether or not they lead us to prosperity and reconciliation,” said Svitlana Zalishchuk. “Instead, we must keep in mind three very serious factors: firstly is war with Russia, secondly destabilisation in the region and thirdly an economic crisis. “
Svitlana told us she believes presidential and parliamentary elections will be paramount to ensuring a united Ukraine and giving real reforms a chance to take root.
Presidential elections are currently scheduled for late May, while there is no set date to vote in an official parliament.
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