Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Ukraine: protests without leadership

In her article, Associate Fellow From Fride, Natalia Shapovalova provides an overview of the current Euromaidan and political situation in Ukraine, under the colncluding quote: ‘When there is a leader, the riot will become a revolution’, explaining the lack of leadership amoung the current opposition in the country.

'None of them hid their ambitions with a view to presidential elections in early 2015', she outlines in the commentary.  This contrasted with the hopes of protesters of different political colours for a unified leader and a joint action plan from the political opposition. So far action plans have been changing in response to the unfolding situation but opposition parties have refused to stand behind one leader that could defeat Yanukovych.

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