Thursday, 23 January 2014

Ukraine: “has the point of no return been passed?”

"Is there a chance for a dialogue or has the point of no return been passed?", asks Den in both its 23 January's English and Ukrainian issues, as the Ukraine Unification and freedom day (22 January) was marked by the most violent clashes yet between pro-european demonstrators and the police in Kiev. At least three demonstrators — two of whom by gunshots — died in the last two days. A meeting between President Viktor Yanukovytch and opposition leaders — with the notable exception of Vitaly Klitchko — on Wednesday started with a minute of silence to honor the dead, and ended with the opposition issuing a stark ultimatum to Yanukovych  to call early elections within 24 hours or face more popular rage.

According to the Kiev daily,

What experts were warning of during the protests has really happened. There are the first casualties, which is tragic. The law-enforcement bodies officially confirmed the death of two protestors, while the media are reporting about four. Both sides are to blame for the current situation in the country. The opposition, which has been calling for coming out on the Maidan [square] has failed, in two months, to offer a realistic plan of actions to meet al least some of the protester's demands. Today, the opposition continues to call on the people to take to the streets and rejects any responsibility for the situation the country is in. But the bulk of the blame for the situation lies within the government. It has been heedless of people for two month and stubbornly refuses to make any concessions. […] After the latest events in Ukraine, the government has raised a storm of criticism from the West — both the EU and the US has expressed serious concern over the situation in this country.
Historian Serhii Telizhenko writes —
According to European experts and our intellectual community, the point of no return has been passed. There are the first dead and wounded. The president of Ukraine must show the political will. I can see only one way — to take to the street. As the experience of the past of the past few months has shown, all the letters, requests, and statements of intellectuals have no impact whatsoever on the president's opinion. 
Philospher Yehven Holovakha adds that —
Opposition leaders need to offer a real way out of this situation. They bear the final responsibility for the two months that people spent in the square. They called to stand until the end, but we ought to realize that people would have lost patience at some point, you cannot keep people outdoors indefinitely amid bitter winter. This political inaction has resulted in such a violent reaction by the people.

1 comment:

  1. L'U.E. ne devrait-elle pas jouer un rôle de médiation ?