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Clashes near Ukraine’s parliament

On 18 February clashes broke out near Ukraine’s parliament. At the time of writing of this article, already seven people were killed, according to some sources and more than hundred people are injured. Injuries are also reported among police officers. On 19 February twenty-five deaths are reported

Report debate ‘Unrest in Ukraine’

In Ukraine, tensions between the people on the street and the current government are increasing every day. Demonstrations have turned deadly and hundreds have been injured as demonstrators clash with the `Berkut` the riot police. Currently, president Yanukovich is put under pressure by the outraged people, by the European Union, and even by the Russian president Putin. Even though the media have been reporting greatly on the unrest, many things remained unclear. Foundation Max van der Stoel figured it was time for a debate.

Ukraine criminalizes pro-EU movement by passing antiprotest law

On 16 January Ukraine’s parliament passed a sweeping antiprotest law that criminalizes almost every aspect of the pro-EU protest movement. Pro-government Party of Regions (PoR) politicians defended the new measures, saying they protected the public against protests that endanger public safety or the smooth operation of public institutions. The opposition said this act was illegal, accusing the ruling party of a coup.

3 vragen aan... Olena Lukaniuk, directrice Institute for Democracy and Social Progress (IDSP)

De afgelopen week zijn de protesten in Oekraïne steeds prominenter op het Nederlandse nieuws gaan figureren. De protesten die begonnen met tien duizenden zijn uiteindelijk geëscaleerd tot honderden duizenden mensen die nu non-stop protesteren in de straten van Kiev en andere Oekraïnse steden. Wat begon als een pro-Europa protest – en tegen de keus van de regering om een associatieverdrag met de EU op het laatste moment toch niet te tekenen - lijkt uitgegroeid tot iets veel groters. We vroegen onze partner in Oekraïne, de Institute for Democracy and Social Progress (IDSP) om commentaar. Directrice van IDSP, Olena Lukaniuk, geeft antwoord.

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