Truth About EuroMaidan

Photo: Barricade on the Maidan. Illustration for Denys Mekhed's "Truth About EuroMaidan."
Barricade on the Maidan. Source:

Denys Mekhed
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”
Faculty of Computer Sciences
Master Program (1st year)
from Chernihiv city

 Not long time ago we  all witnessed a social phenomenon which occurred in the center of our capital. Social media have put a lot of labels on it, many of which are far from reality.

Contrary to popular beliefs, EuroMaidan is not a movement for integration of Ukraine into the EU. This statement can only be applied to the first 300 people who were beaten by the Berkut Special Forces on November, 30. Most of the people who came to Maidan protested against the permissiveness of the corrupt regime which was established by Viktor Yanukovych. For example, Pravy Sektor organization, which played a significant role in the success of Maidan, is strongly against integrating in any political unions.

Another false belief is that the protesters on Maidan opposed only Yanukovych and his bandits. As we can see, Yanukovych has already fled the country but people are still there. They are not satisfied with the policy the current government is providing either, so they are staying on Maidan  to constantly remind the members of the parliament to think carefully before any decision.

And the most false belief would be to think that the revolution, how it is usually called in mass media, took place in Kyiv. The change has touched every mind of every person in Ukraine and far away from its borders.  The first three hundred people came out to Maidan to protest against Yanukovych’s  foreign policy, but they ended up in changing the world.

So, the media have made a lot of conclusions about the so-called “EuroMaidan”, many of which should be reconsidered to understand the true meaning and consequences of recent events.

This essay is part of a series of student writing on the Euromaidan, part of the the Student Views of Euromaidan project.

For more information on this series and a full index of contributions, please see the introductory post.

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