Kyiv’s Maidan Square still bears all the remnants of the resistance movement which led to the toppling of Viktor Yanukovych.
But there are mixed feelings as to whether the new interim government should take up arms to quell the demonstrations by pro-Russian separatists.
“Ukrainian authorities have to immediately repel Russia’s aggressive actions, there is no doubt. The Crimean scenario is being used, we really hope for the reaction of the World community, which has to help us. The authorities hope for military help, but we have to rely only on ourselves,” said one man.
Speaking to euronews, Svitlana said: “Our government lost Crimea because, we were too tolerant and hoped the issue would be resolved peacefully. That’s why I think we have to be stricter, and to defend, even with arms, our Ukrainian land.”
“First of all, we need to try and solve these issues solving diplomatically and then adopt a defensive stance,” one man told euronews.
Recent polls suggest more than two-thirds of Ukrainians are against the country splitting, while 14 per cent want federalisation.