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176 World Affs. 9 (2013-2014)
Euromaidan: Ukraine's Self-Organizing Revolution

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                  EUROMAIDAN

             Ukraine's  Self-Organizing  Revolution





                          Nadia   Diuk







  January  22nd, the date usually celebrated in Ukraine as the Day of
Unity between east and west, will now go down in history as the day the
two-months-long Euromaidan movement  saw its first fatalities as violence
escalated in Kyiv's city center, with internal troops and special forces pit-
ted against the formerly peaceful protesters in a vicious, at times almost
medieval battle. One civic activist was found beaten to death in the woods
outside Kyiv, and others were shot as they took part in the standoff.
   The demonstrations that shook Ukraine throughout November  and
December  2013 reached a critical turning point on December 17th, when
the country's embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych, struck a surprise
deal with Vladimir Putin in which Russia bought $15 billion in Ukrainian
bonds and slashed the price on natural gas by a third. This news flash
came as blunt confirmation that Yanukovych had no intention of giving
in to the innovative protest movement that had put his government in
crisis by demanding that the country look west toward Europe instead
of becoming a Russian ally once more. As the protesters digested what
seemed  to be a significant coup by Putin, the question of what would
come next hung in the air. But by New Year's Eve, hundreds of thousands
of demonstrators were in the streets again, stronger than ever. A few days

Nadia Diuk is a vice president of the National Endowment for Democracy.


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