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Ghina Elkasti

on 13 March 2014

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Transcript of EuroMaidan

What was the government's response to the protests ?
Violence: 7 activists/journalist dead and nearly 100 missing
"Titushky" hired enforcers by the Ministry of Internal Affairs
Cameras and other equipment destroyed
Police captured protestors, tortured and humiliated them.
Military forces being moved to Kyiv from other regions
Jan. 16, 2014 Passing of 20 anti-democratic, unconstitutional laws passed
President Yanukovich refused to sign a partnership deal with the EU
Massive peaceful protests arose all over Ukraine demanding the signing of the deal.
Riot police used violent measures to break up protesters.
Then no longer about EU partnership but a fight for democracy, human rights, and anti-corruption
Who are the key players in EuroMaidan?
Leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms Party
Vitali Klitschko
Victor Yanukovich, ousted President of Ukraine. He belonged to the Party of Regions
Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Current Interim Prime Minister of Ukraine
Journalist Tetyana Chornovol was beaten because of her investigative reports into the finances of the President and Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.
"the" does not exist in Ukrainian or Russian
The Ukraine has a connotation of imperialism/colonialism and denies that Ukraine is a sovereign nation
Russian vs. Ukrainian pronunciations of places
Ukraine vs. The Ukraine
Roots of the Conflict
Russia says it can use military force to protect ethnic Russians in the area
What about the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars (Turkic ethnic group native to Crimea, mostly Muslim) living in the region?
Does the U.S./E.U. have the right to intervene in any form?
Olexsandr Turchynov
Current interim President of Ukraine
Batkivshchyna (All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland")
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