A man holds a Ukrainian flag on Kyiv’s Independence Square—the Maidan—on February 24, 2014. Up to 100 protesters were killed in the demonstrations which began in November 2013 after the then President Yanukovych backed down on a commitment to sign an association agreement with the European Union. The protests soon became mass demonstrations against corruption—endemic in Ukraine—and for basic values and human dignity.
Events unfolding in Europe’s largest country are extraordinarily important—not only for Ukraine’s 46 million inhabitants but for the entire Eurasian region.
The historic protests in Ukraine weren’t just about geopolitics, new leadership, or the economy. They were about something bigger. They were a rejection of injustice as a way of life. Ukraine must do all it can do to help itself. Open Society will be there to support this work.