Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The leader of the party “Fatherland” Yulia Tymoshenko urged Ukrainians on 15.11.16 to go on an indefinite protest in the Centre of Kiev. “Economy today” tried to understand whether this threatens a third Maidan in Ukraine.
Tymoshenko and a Third Maidan
According to Tymoshenko, only the people today will be able to restore justice and put the power in place. She said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the National Bank support corruption, and invited people to go out to protest against the devaluation of the hryvnia, increase in tariffs, and for the refunding of their bank deposits.
Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasting of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia Nikita Danyuk believes that a third Maidan and a coup d’etat at the moment in Ukraine is unlikely.
“Those political forces that carried out a coup in 2013 and 2014, firstly, had widespread support from the Ukrainian population and Ukrainian society, and secondly, they had informational, financial, and political support from Western curators. As for the present protests, they, of course, are related to objective reasons.
The fact is that the socio-economic situation in Ukraine is terrible, horrible. Soon it will be the third anniversary of the coup, and we see that the slogans and statements made on Maidan not only failed to coincide with reality. By and large, the steps being taken by the current Ukrainian political elite have an obvious anti-national character,” asserted the expert.
The reaction of the Ukrainian authorities to destabilization and the “Hand of the Kremlin”
In turn, the party of Poroshenko already called future protests the destabilization of the situation in the country by the pro-Russian opposition and representatives of “Fatherland”.
“By and large, the next group of people came to power, who, in their own interests, redistributed state assets and privatized state property. One oligarch was replaced by another, and the current popular protests are an objective reflection of the situation in which Ukrainian society is in. The political establishment is guided only by its own interests and is not interested in ordinary people living well.
In this regard, statements that the protests represent an attempt to destabilize the political situation in Ukraine are interesting. In other words, any national objective process is considered by the authorities as sabotage, behind which there are representatives of the Kremlin. Here, the authorities forget that Tymoshenko previously actively campaigned for Maidan. We see that now she’s trying to score some political points. The situation in the economy in any case won’t improve at all and it needs to attract more ordinary people, because snap elections in the near future in the Verkhovna Rada are not excluded.
Thus, any criticism is seen as destabilizing. The authorities do not even consider the possibility that their failing reforms were the main reason for people’s readiness to go back out onto the streets. But there is virtually no opposition in Ukraine today, and any that does exist remains unconsolidated.
The organizers of this protest at first can be accused of being agents of the Kremlin, then they will be called separatists, and later terrorists with all the ensuing responses. Any criticism of the ruling circles in Ukraine is perceived exclusively in the context of the hand of Moscow,” summarises Danyuk.
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