Ever since the Soviet Union and Ukraine cut ties, the economy in Ukraine had been at a downward spiral. Due to mismanagement by the then president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, economic growth and funding were minimal. The people of Ukraine, especially the ones living in Maidan, grew tired of the corruption. They sought change which involved no longer living in ” a state in which the government robbed the public rather than served it, in which the courts covered up injustice rather than right it, in which prosecutors perpetrated crimes instead of investigating them” (Kharkiv et al, 2014).
Protests in Maidan begun in February 2014. Within a three day span, over 100 protesters had died at the hands of the police and others that were deployed by the government. This caught the eye of foreign ministers of Germany, Poland and France, resulting in an agreement to increase the power of the Rada [Ukraine’s unicameral parliament]. This agreement also pushed presidential elections up to December 2014. This effort however was not enough for the people of Maidan. They decided to take matters into their own hands by making a statement that if “…Yanukovych was not gone by the morning of February 22nd, they would come and get him” (Kharkiv et al, 2014). Yanukovych fled the capital the next day and power was given to the Rada.
This revolution may have gained Ukraine the freedom they were looking for but in terms of economic improvement, help is definitely needed. The change in Government in Ukraine during February of 2015 relates to topics we have discussed in class because this was a civil war [between the people and the government]. There could have been various other alternatives but Yanukovych did not want to negotiate and therefore the people took action. As we have also learned in class war can be very costly. In this case the cost was lives of protesters.