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Ukraine asks the world to put even more pressure on Russia. After the Mariupil tragedy, Kyiv wants the international community to recognise Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics as terrorist organisations. And Moscow who is accused of supporting the rebels may face stricter sanctions.
People who came to Maidan in November, 2013 demanded a total overhaul of the government. This year Ukrainians have got a new president and a new parliament. More than half the parliament has been changed. However, people are still waiting for radical reforms and the purging of officials. That's why for many Ukrainians, the revolution hasn't yet come to an end.
Yes, right now, with the break up of the governing coalition and the resignation of the prime minister, it is crucial for Ukraine to have effective governance. A number of issues remain unresolved such as funding for the army, reforming tax legislation and Ukraine's gas transit system. Interim Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman has offered reassurances that the government will continue to work in the same composition as we know it now, for some time,and that there is no reason to panic.
When Russia invaded Crimea, about 8,000 fled to mainland Ukraine. Most of them were Crimean Tatars. They have settled in Kiev and western regions. But all of them hope this relocation is temporary, and in future they, as their grandparents who were deported from Crimea in 1944, will be able to return to their native land again.
This year, on the day considered the biggest religious holiday, Ukrainians have been praying, not only for family harmony and their own welfare but notably for peace and the integrity of the entire state.
I support the young people, but I don't like politics any more.
The central streets of Kyiv remain filled with many people. Even those who did not participate in the protests come here to pay their respects to those who died. They bring flowers or give money to the families of those killed and injured at Maidan.
There is an operating theatre here. Journalists have been asked not to enter or disturb the doctors. Medics say they only have eight places but many more injured people. Patients don't stay here for a long time. They try to send them to local hospitals as quickly as possible.
Life away from the barricades is business as usual, except that the Kyiv underground has been closed for two days now. Citizens have been having trouble getting to work and getting home. The official reason given for the closed subway is a terrorism threat. But the protesters say the intention is to prevent people from other Kiev neighbourhoods from coming to Maidan and joining the protesters.
The presidential proposition is interesting for opposition leaders, but they have called on protesters to stay on the streets of Kyiv and on the barricades until Tuesday, January 28. That is when parliament will hold a special session to discuss the controversial laws that put restrictions on protesters.
Sanctions against Ukrainian authorities have already been imposed by the USA. Washington has promised to revoke visas for Ukrainian officials responsible for breaking up peaceful rallies. Now protesters want European states to do the same.
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych will visit Moscow next Tuesday to discuss joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. On that day, the Ukrainian opposition will hold another mass street rally in Independence Square to declare that Ukraine must not join.
We can safely say that the issues of the Association Agreement with the EU now take second place. The initial hopes for closer ties with Europe have been displaced by different slogans. The main demands now are to bring to justice those responsible for the crack-down against the peaceful protests in Independence Square on Friday night, and to get the government to resign. The proof that those demands bring people out into the streets can be seen around the government institutions in Kyiv – which the protesters are picketing. They promise they won't be backing off any time in the near future.
Roads to almost all governmental institutions in Kiev are blocked with human chains. The movement of traffic along the few main roads of the centre is blocked. Today the protests have been peaceful. Coordinators call on people not to respond to provocations and not to let peaceful protest to turn to violent clashes.
Even though Ukrainian Parliament made a great step toward the EU, it still hasn't met all the necessary European requirements. The MPs have not dealt with essential reforms such as the electoral legislation and Prosecutors' Office.
Despite there not being much time until the Vilnius Summit, MPs are in no hurry to get working.